Category - teen
beginning in the mid-1990s, all states adopted graduated licensing systems, which phase in full driving privileges. National studies of graduated licensing found that strong laws were associated with substantially lower fatal crash rates and substantially lower insurance claim rates among young teen drivers covered by the laws. Fatality rates for male teens driving pickups were also lower per mile driven compared with male passenger car drivers (rr, 0. Fatality rates for female teens driving pickups and passenger cars were not statistically different but appear potentially higher for pickups (rr, 1.). 55 of teen car crash deaths happened on friday, saturday, or sunday. 54, or 1,532, of the 2,814 teens killed in car accidents werent wearing a seat belt. 11 of fatal car accidents involving teens were related to distracted driving. The mortality rates from car accidents spike dramatically when one is not in use. Yet, between 6 to 17 of teen drivers admit to rarely or never using a seat belt. Arkansas and lousianna lead the nation in teens who rarely wear a seat belt at 17. Background motor vehicle crashes (mvcs) are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in teens. Alabama has been in the top 5 states for mvc fatality rate among teens in the united states for several years. The colorado teen driving alliances new online parent course providing step-by-step instructions on how parents can support their teens through colorados graduated driver licensing laws. Between 20, colorado averaged 64 young drivers involved in fatal crashes per year. In 20, the average was 86 young drivers per year, an. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and disability to teens in the united states. According to teen driver safety statistics compiled by the national highway traffic safety administration,1,830 young drivers ages 15 to 20 years old died in motor vehicle crashes in 2017. a framework of seven categories of influences on teen driving behavior is presented, including the following elements driving ability, developmental factors, behavioral factors, personality factors, demographics, the perceived environment, and the driving environment. Excess crash risk is a major contributor to teen mortality and morbidity. Objective alabama is one of the five us states with the highest teen driving mortality. We recruited teen drivers to participate in a questionnaire regarding high-risk driving behaviors. For all drivers, speed is an independent risk for crashing and for death or injury in the event of a crash. Teen drivers are more likely to drive at unsafe speeds and to maintain shorter following distances, especially with young passengers in the vehicle. 18 among fatal crashes involving 15- to 20-year-olds, speed was implicated in 36.