The teenage driver accident rate is much higher than that of adults — in fact, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States. When crash rates are adjusted for distances driven, a teenager is more than four times as likely as an adult to be involved in a car crash.
More facts about teenage drivers:
- Researchers have determined that the majority of teenage car crashes are caused by the same three things: failure to scan the road for hazards, distraction and speeding.
- Male teenage drivers are about twice as likely as teenage female drivers to be involved in a fatal accident.
- Teenage drivers have the lowest rate of using seat belts of any age group in the U.S.