KSNF/KODE – Every year, thousands of teens are killed in car crashes and hundreds of thousands are treated in emergency rooms for injuries related to motor vehicle collisions.
Traffic accidents have been the number one killer of teens in the United States for many years.
According to a Zutobi (Driver Education Platform) Data on U.S. teen road fatalities shows that 2020 saw the highest number of young driver fatalities since 2011.
There was a 19.5% increase in deaths among young drivers and passengers in 2020 compared to the previous year (Note: Collecting driving statistics takes time.This report incorporates the latest data released in 2022).
A total of 2,966 young drivers (15 to 20 years old) died in 2020.
You have to go back to 2011 to find more teen driving fatalities, which totaled 3,187 that year.
Zutobi Attribution to three leading causes of fatal driving accidents among teens: alcohol use, speeding and distracted driving.
Although it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to drink alcohol, drinking by young drivers remains the leading cause of teenage traffic deaths, with 523 teenage drivers killed in DUI crashes in 2020.
This Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) collected several studies on the topic of teen drinking, which together show that when the drinking age is lowered, more young people die in fatal car crashes.
A recent study from Governor’s Highway Safety Administration (GHSA) found that from 2015 to 2019, teen drivers and passengers died at a higher rate (43%) than all other age groups (30%), with 4,930 teen drivers and passengers dying from speeding-related deaths Crash.
- distracted driving
Distracted driving is defined as driving while doing another activity that takes your attention away from driving.
Due to the less focused nature of driving, distracted driving will greatly increase the chances of being involved in a motor vehicle crash.
Talking on a cell phone while driving increases the risk of a crash by 2 times, while texting increases the risk of a crash by up to 6 times.
Kentucky has the highest number of teen driving fatalities in the nation, with 71 deaths per 100,000 teen drivers.
The second worst state was North Carolina (45 deaths), followed by Arkansas (44 deaths).
Missouri ranked 12th with 30 deaths, while Oklahoma ranked 24th (23 deaths).
Kansas has one of the lowest rates of teen driving fatalities in the US, with 14 deaths per 100,000 teen drivers and 44th out of 50.
data from Federal Highway Administration Used to find the number of licensed teen drivers.
Research shows that teenage drivers are more likely to be involved in serious traffic accidents from the moment they start driving, No Supervision of licensed drivers.
Many of these accidents can be attributed to distracted driving, speeding and lack of scanning.
This indicates a change in behavior when driving alone, which may be due to things like overconfidence and insufficient (or poor) driver education.
Zutobi Point out that teen drivers need to understand why they must follow safe driving practices, not just the fact that they exist.
Additionally, the Driver Education Program claims that teenage drivers should learn to be safe and responsible drivers, not just pass a license exam.
Unfortunately, the opposite is often the case.
Building the right foundation at an early stage is critical to creating safe drivers and reducing the number of teens killed in driving accidents, states Zutobi.
You can read their full report on U.S. teen road fatalities, here.