Tuesday, 19 October 2021 16:44

1 in 8 Fatal Car Crashes Since 2010 Involved Teens, but Fatalities Fell by 14%

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Young drivers aged 15-20 were involved in one in every eight fatal crashes over the past decade, according to a new ValuePenguin.com analysis of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data.

And while the number is still worryingly high, the yearly number of fatal crashes involving the youngest drivers has fallen since 2010.


Key Findings:


  • Drivers aged 15 to 20 were behind the wheel in 13% of fatal auto crashes in the past decade and accounted for 10% of Americans killed in deadly crashes. From 2010 to 2019---the latest year of data available---young drivers were behind the wheel in 41,187 fatal crashes.
  • Nebraska, Utah, Kansas, Idaho and Montana topped the country for the highest percentage of fatal crashes with young drivers behind the wheel since 2010. Maryland, Hawaii, Rhode Island and New Jersey had the lowest percentage of fatal crashes with young drivers behind the wheel since 2010.
  • Additionally Nebraska, Missouri, Montana, Idaho and Kansas also had the largest share of 15-20 year old fatalities in car crashes. In Delaware, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Nevada and Oregon, this age range accounted for 8-9% of roadway fatalities, the lowest in the U.S.
  • Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, North Dakota and New York saw the steepest drop in young and teen driver fatalities over the past decade---fatalities here have fallen a tremendous 43% to 54% since 2010. Nevada, Alaska and Oregon saw teen driver fatalities increase 29% to 58% since 2010.


According to Andrew Hurst, insurance data analyst at ValuePenguin.com, "On National Teen Driver safety week, these findings underscore the importance of educating teens and young drivers about safe driving. In addition to safety, young drivers face steep financial penalties for unsafe driving. In addition to costly repairs, an 18-year-old driver's car insurance rates will increase by an average of 253% after an accident."


To view the full report, click here.


ValuePenguin researchers calculated the number of deaths and fatal crashes involving young people ages 15 to 20 as drivers and passengers. This analysis covers 2010 to 2019, the most recently available data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).


Analysts also looked at insurance rate data for 18-year-old drivers before and after an accident. These rates were publicly sourced from insurer filings.


Source: ValuePenguin


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