Teen Driving is the Leading Cause of Teen Deaths
In American culture, getting a driver’s license at 16 is considered a rite of passage. But lately, it has grown from an exciting stage of growth to a death sentence for thousands of teens every year.
Tragically, motor vehicle crashes continue to be the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 16 and 19 — they have the highest crash rate of any age group.
In fact, according to a study conducted by Safe Kids Worldwide and made possible by a $2 million grant from General Motors Foundation, more teens die in motor vehicle crashes than from any other cause of death. The toll is about 2,500 per year or 8 out of every 1,000 teens.
Because more teens obtain their driver’s licenses during the summer than any other season, their parents’ auto expenses also rise accordingly. With that in mind, Wallethub compared the driving conditions for teens in the 50 United States based on 16 key metrics. The data is broken down into categories that examine the safety conditions, economic environment, and driving laws of each state, to the average cost of car repairs and the number of teen drivers in each state, and even impaired-driving laws and teen driver fatalities.
Please see the interactive infographic attached below to see how your state ranks, as well as for state-by-state factoids about the best and worst states for teen drivers.
The financial implications of those statistics are staggering. Although young people aged 15 to 24 represent only 14 percent of the population, they account for about 30 percent of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries!