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Risk to Child Passengers From Teen Driver

General Statistics

  • When 2 or more passengers (under age 16) are driven by teenagers (ages 16 to 19) they have three times the risk of injury in a crash than children driven by adults.1
  • Among children riding with teen drivers, the risk of crash injury is 40 percent lower if a sibling is driving.2
  • The three biggest factors contributing to older child passengers dying in a crash:  riding with a driver age 16 or younger, not wearing seat belts, and traveling on high speed roads.3
  • At ages 12 to 14, the risk of death in a crash for child passengers is similar to that of teen drivers. 3


  1. Chen IG, Elliott MR, Durbin DR, Winston FK. Teen drivers and the risk of injury to child passengers in motor vehicle crashes. Injury Prevention. 2005; 11(1):12-17.
  2. Winston FK, Senserrick TM, Kallan MJ. Child passenger injury risk in sibling versus non-sibling teen driver crashes: a US study. Injury Prevention. 2007; 13:207-210.
  3. Winston FK, et al. Risk Factors for Death Among Older Children and Teenage Motor Vehicle Passengers. Archives of Pediatric Medicine. March 2008.
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