Youth Traffic Safety Statistics
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S.
Each year, more than 5,000 teens (ages 16-20) are killed in passenger vehicle crashes.
During 2006, a teen died in a traffic crash an average of once every hour on weekends and nearly once every two hours during the week.
Nationally in 2006, 25 percent of the young drivers ages 15-20 who were killed in crashes had Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels of .08 or higher at the time of the crash.
Nationally in 2009, 3,349 teen passenger vehicle occupants, ages 16 to 20, were killed in motor vehicle crashes, and 56 percent (1,880) were unrestrained at the time of the fatal crash.
According to NHTSA, teenage drivers and passengers are among those least likely to wear their seat belts.
While all teens are at a high-risk of experiencing a fatal crash, according to NHTSA, young males, pickup truck drivers and passengers, as well as people living in rural areas are also among those least likely to buckle up.