Teens in Traffic Crashes: An Infographic for National Youth Traffic Safety Mo.
May 2, 2016
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 15- to 20-year-olds… Highway safety literature has documented that teen drivers, due to a combination of immaturity and inexperience, have a higher propensity for risk-taking behaviors than do older and more experienced drivers. Research and crash data tell us that teen drivers are less likely to buckle up, and more likely to speed or drive too fast for prevailing conditions…Young drivers are particularly vulnerable to certain high-risk driving situations, such as driving at night, after drinking alcohol, with other teenage passengers. – Teen Driver Crashes, a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report to Congress (July 2008)
Looking to stop teen driver crashes and deaths, regulators and safety advocates across the U.S. are using the month of May to publicize Youth Traffic Safety Month, during which officials will try to raise awareness and encourage safer driving behaviors in younger motorists in order to:
- Minimize their crash risks
- Prevent deadly teen driver accidents and save lives
- Promote overall safety on the roads
For our part, we are raising awareness by presenting the following infographic, which provides some important insight as to just how frequently teen drivers are hurt and killed in crashes – and what the outcomes of these crashes generally are.
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