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General Statistics

  • According to analysis of a nationally-representative federal database of more than 800 crashes involving teen drivers, most  are due to a few common "critical errors" that are often one of the last in a chain of events leading up to a crash. 75 percent of these crashes were due to a critical teen driver error, with three common errors accounting for nearly half of all serious crashes. Among crashes with a teen driver error:
    -- 21 percent occurred due to a lack of scanning that is needed to detect and respond to hazards.
    -- 21 percent occurred due to going too fast for road conditions (for example, driving too fast to respond to others or to successfully navigate a curve.
    -- 20 percent occurred due to being distracted by something inside or outside the vehicle.
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Source:

  1. Curry AE, Hafetz J, Kallan MJ, Winston FK, Durbin DR. Prevalence of Teen Driver Errors Leading to Serious Motor Vehicle Crashes. Accident Analysis and Prevention. April 2011.
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