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Basic Facts About Teen Crashes

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  • Teens behind the wheel and their peer passengers account for one in every five deaths to 15 to 19-year-olds in the U.S.
  • Motor vehicle crashes kill nearly five times as many teens as cancer or poisoning.


For “teens behind the wheel and their teen passengers” and “other motor vehicle traffic-related”: 2009 Fatality Analysis Reporting System, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “Other motor vehicle traffic-related” deaths include all other teen deaths involving a motor vehicle traveling on a trafficway customarily open to the public which result in death within 30 days of the crash. Data source for all other leading causes of death: Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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