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Basic Facts About Teen Crashes

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  • Over 17,000 occupants of newer vehicles suffer significant injuries in crashes with a teen behind the wheel annually. These injuries include skull fractures, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken arms and legs, and injuries to internal organs.
  • Teens behind the wheel account for 39 percent of all injured persons.
  • Occupants of other vehicles involved in crashes with teens behind the wheel account for 35 percent of all injured persons.







National Automotive Sampling System Crashworthiness Data System (NASS-CDS), National Center for Statistics and Analysis, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Combined yearly average due to sample design resulting in large year to year fluctuations. NASS-CDS includes police-reported, tow-away crashes on public roadways. Significant injuries are defined as injuries with a score of 2 or greater on the Abbreviated Injury Scale, as reported in NASS-CDS. Information on injuries to pedestrians, bicyclists, and other road users was not available. Beginning in 2009, injury data is only reported for occupants of vehicles that are less than 10 years old. Caution should be applied when comparing to previous years.
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