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May 4, 2012 -- Teen Driving Crashes Can Cause Lifelong Effects on the Brain -- In this informative read, Lori Johnston shares findings from Miles to go: Monitoring Progress in Teen Driver Safety, a 2012 national report from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute and State Farm, that highlight serious injuries to the brain, an often overlooked result of crashes involving teens behind the wheel. According to the report, 55,000 teen drivers and teen passengers were seriously injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2009-10, with 30 percent suffering acute head injuries, including skull fractures and traumatic brain injuries (TBI).  In the article, Dr. Dennis Durbin, MD, MSCE, co-scientific director of the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at CHOP and lead author of the report, explains that these injuries are a very significant contributor to health care costs and adverse health outcomes and that full recovery  is often not achievable. The article also includes findings from the report that stress the progress we are making in reducing crashes involving teens behind the wheel.

Read the report.