National Teen Driving Statistics
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among 15- to 20-year olds, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. National studies of graduated licensing found that strong laws were associated with substantially lower fatal crash rates and substantially lower insurance claim rates among young teen drivers covered by the laws. Strong restrictions on nighttime driving and teen passengers, as well as raising the licensing age, reduced rates of fatal crashes and insurance collision claims.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety:
- A total of 2,823 teenagers ages 13-19 died in motor vehicle crashes in 2012. This is 68 percent fewer than in 1975 and 7 percent fewer than in 2011.
- About 2 out of every 3 teenagers killed in crashes in 2012 were males. Since 1975 teenage crash deaths have decreased more among males (72 percent) than among females (56 percent).
- In 2012, teenagers accounted for 8 percent of motor vehicle crash deaths. They comprised 10 percent of passenger vehicle (cars, pickups, SUVs, and vans) occupant deaths among all ages, 6 percent of pedestrian deaths, 3 percent of motorcyclist deaths, 11 percent of bicyclist deaths and 13 percent of all-terrain vehicle rider deaths.
- Seventy-nine percent of teenage motor vehicle crash deaths in 2012 were passenger vehicle occupants. The others were pedestrians (10 percent), motorcyclists (5 percent), bicyclists (3 percent), riders of all-terrain vehicles (1 percent) and people in other kinds of vehicles (2 percent).
- In 2012, 60 percent of deaths among passenger vehicle occupants ages 16-19 were drivers.
- In 2012, June and July had the highest numbers of teenage crash deaths of any months.
- Fifty-three percent of motor vehicle crash deaths among teenagers in 2012 occurred on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
- Teenage motor vehicle crash deaths in 2012 occurred most frequently from 9:00 p.m. to midnight (17 percent).
- In 2012, 54 percent of the deaths of teenage passengers in passenger vehicles occurred in vehicles driven by another teenager. Among deaths of passengers of all ages, 14 percent occurred when a teenager was driving.
- In 2012, belt use among fatally injured passenger vehicle drivers ages 16-19 (42 percent) was higher than among fatally injured drivers ages 20-29 (37 percent) but lower than among drivers 30 and older combined (49 percent). Among fatally injured 16-19 year-old occupants, belt use among passengers (30 percent) was considerably lower than among drivers (42 percent). Note that belt use among those fatally injured is not always accurately recorded, but it gives an indication of relative belt use rates in serious crashes by age group.
- Among passenger vehicle drivers ages 16-19 involved in fatal crashes in 2012, 48 percent were involved in single-vehicle crashes. This was higher than for drivers ages 25 and older (39 percent).
- Among fatally injured teenage drivers in 2012, females were less likely than males to have high BACs. Among fatally injured passenger vehicle drivers ages 16-17, 18 percent of males and 10 percent of females had BACs at or above 0.08 percent. Among fatally injured drivers ages 18-19, 30 percent of males and 17 percent of females had BACs at or above 0.08 percent.
- The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released a report in May 2012 that showed that the risk of 16- or 17-year old drivers being killed in a crash increases with each additional teenage passenger in the vehicle. The risk increases 44 percent with one passenger; it doubles with two passengers, and quadruples with three or more passengers. The study analyzed crash data and the number of miles driven by 16- and 17-year olds.
Colorado Teen Driving Statistics
According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment:
From 2004 to 2011, rates of motor vehicle crash deaths among 15- to 19-year-olds in Colorado dropped more than 67 percent. However, in 2012, Colorado experienced a 10 percent rise in teen fatalities from 2011.
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- Inexperience was the contributing factor to approximately 12 percent of all teen crashes in 2011 in Colorado. This percentage remained the same whether there was an injury and fatality or not.
- A 2013 survey of 738 parents of teens throughout Colorado showed only 6.4 percent of parents could accurately identify components of graduated drivers licensing laws, including curfews, passenger restrictions and seat belt requirements.