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General Statistics

  • According to analysis of a nationally-representative federal database of more than 800 crashes involving teen drivers, most  are due to a few common "critical errors" that are often one of the last in a chain of events leading up to a crash. 75 percent of these crashes were due to a critical teen driver error, with three common errors accounting for nearly half of all serious crashes. Among crashes with a teen driver error:
    -- 21 percent occurred due to a lack of scanning that is needed to detect and respond to hazards.
    -- 21 percent occurred due to going too fast for road conditions (for example, driving too fast to respond to others or to successfully navigate a curve.
    -- 20 percent occurred due to being distracted by something inside or outside the vehicle.


  1. Curry AE, Hafetz J, Kallan MJ, Winston FK, Durbin DR. Prevalence of Teen Driver Errors Leading to Serious Motor Vehicle Crashes. Accident Analysis and Prevention. April 2011.
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