Teen Drivers: Fatal Crash Risk Increases With Number of Passengers

Teen Drivers: Fatal Crash Risk Increases With Number of PassengersA report from The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that the possibility of teen drivers dying in a crash increases with each additional teen passenger in the car.

The report found that the risk of teen drivers dying in a crash:

  • Increased by an estimated 44 percent when one passenger under the age of 21 is in the vehicle.
  • Doubled if two people under the age of 21 are in the vehicle.
  • Quadrupled if three or more people under the age of 21 are in the vehicle.

Conversely, the study found that having an adult passenger over the age of 35 in the car with a teen driver resulted in nearly a 60 percent reduction in the risk of being involved in a fatal crash. According to the report, “Parents clearly can play a major role in protecting their teenagers by riding with their teens, even after licensure, to continue to support the development of safe driving habits.”

While teens are only 4% of the driving population, they are involved in 9% of all fatal crashes. In fact, motor vehicle crashes remain the #1 cause of death for teens; approximately three teens are killed in traffic crashes every day, and another 404 are injured.

In addition, more than half of all fatal teen accidents are one-car crashes, and the main factor in one-car crashes is excessive speed. Driving too fast coupled with inexperienced teen drivers’ tendency to misjudge a curve or bump in the road results in thousands of fatal accidents every year.

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