• Motor vehicle crashes are the No. 1 cause of death among teens in the U.S.

• The fatality rate for drivers age 16 to 19 is four times that of drivers age 25 to 69 years

• The crash fatality rate (crash fatalities/100,000 population) is highest for 16- to 17-year-olds within the first six months after getting their license — and remains high through age 24

• The top three predictors for fatality are non-use of seat belts, teen drivers and roads with speed limits of 45 mph or higher

• Approximately two-thirds of teen passenger deaths (ages 13 to 19) occur when other teenagers are driving

• In their first year on the road, teens are almost 10 times more likely to be in a crash

• 20 percent of 11th graders report being in a crash as a driver in the past year

• 25 percent of 9th graders report being in a crash as a passenger in their lifetimes

• Crash risk increases incrementally with each mile per hour over the speed limit

• Current data on crashes involving 16-year-old drivers shows that having multiple teenage passengers in the vehicle is twice as likely to cause a fatal crash as alcohol-impaired driving

• Crashes are more common among young drivers than any other age group. In the United States, 1 in 4 crash fatalities involve someone 16 to 24 years old, nearly twice as high as other age groups

Parental Influence
• 66 percent of teens say they care about their parents’ opinion on cell phone use while driving

• 56 percent of teens rely on their parents to learn how to drive

• 90 percent of teens see passenger behavior that distracts the driver

• Nearly half of teens report seeing passengers encouraging drivers to speed at least sometimes

• Half of teen drivers report driving 10 miles per hour over the speed limit at least sometimes

Cell Phone Use
• Nine out of 10 teens reported it was common to see teens driving while talking on a cell phone

Seat Belt Use
• Teens have the lowest seat belt use rates of any age group, leading to deadly consequences

• Only 65 percent of teens consistently wear their seat belts as both a driver and passenger

• Six out of 10 drivers ages 16 to 20 who were killed in crashes were unrestrained

• Almost two out of three teens killed as occupants of motor vehicles are unrestrained

Substance Abuse
• Teens are actually less likely than adults to get behind the wheel after drinking, but when they do, their risk of crashing is far greater

• 53 percent of teens saw substance use behind the wheel at least sometimes

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia