- Motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) are the leading cause of death in people age 16 to 20.
- MVAs account for about 1/3 of deaths of people in this age group.
- People age 16 to 20 have the highest fatality rate due to MVAs than that of any other age group.
- About 5,000 teenagers of driving age die in automobile accidents every year.
- For every teenager killed, about 100 have injuries that are not fatal.
- MVAs are the leading cause of disability related to head and spinal cord injuries.
- 16-year old drivers are 20 times as likely to have an MVA as are people in the general population of drivers.
- 17-year old drivers are 6 times more likely to have an MVA as are people in the general population of drivers.
What is “Distracted Driving”?
Distracted driving is driving while doing any other activity that takes your attention away from driving.
Top 3 causes of teen accidents:
|1. Alcohol||2. Texting||3. Speeding|
3 main types of distraction:
- Visual – Taking your eyes off the road
- Manual – Taking your hands off the wheel
- Cognitive – Taking your mind off what you are doing
Younger, inexperienced drivers under the age of 20 may be at highest risk because they have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes. CLICK HERE to download the Safe Driving Contract.