Teen drivers put everyone at risk
Nearly two-thirds of people injured or killed in a crash involving a teen driver are people other than the teen behind the wheel, according to a new report by the American Automobile Association Foundation for Traffic Safety. In 2013 alone, 371,645 people were injured and 2,927 were killed in crashes that involved a teen driver.
Teen crash rates are higher than any other age group, and this data confirm that the impact of their crashes extends well beyond the teen who is behind the wheel, said Peter Kissinger, president and CEO of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
The study, which analyzed data of police-reported crashes of drivers ages 15 to 19 from 1994 to 2013, also found these factors:
« Nearly 50 percent of those injured were in another vehicle; 17 percent were in the teen driverês car, and 2 percent were pedestrians or bicyclists.
« Nearly 30 percent of those killed were in another car, 20 percent were the teenês passenger and 10 percent were pedestrians or bicyclists.Download Bulletin PDF