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March 29, 2012

Head Injuries Are Most Common Injury in Teen Crashes

According to a new teen driver safety report released today by The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and State Farm®, from among more than 55,000 teen drivers and their passengers seriously injured each year in 2009 and 2010, 30 percent suffered injuries to the head, including skull fractures and traumatic brain injuries (TBI). While the report highlights an impressive decline in teen driver-related fatalities over the past six years, researchers are concerned about the burden of motor vehicle crash-related brain injury on families and the Nation’s health care system. Crashes remain the leading cause of death for teens and kill nearly five times as many 15- to 19-year-olds as cancer or poisoning.

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Watch a video about one remarkable teen's recovery from a severe brain injury caused by a prom night crash.

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