It’s no secret that teenagers are involved in car crashes more frequently than any other age group. Fortunately, programming like drivers education and graduated license laws have decreased the number of teens involved in car accidents in recent years, but there’s still more work to do. We don’t want to scare you away from driving, but we do want to keep you safe. Here’s some statistics about teenage motor vehicle accidents that you should know:
Teens Injured in Car Crashes
In 2010, 282,000 teens were injured in car accidents. That’s about half the population of the state of Wyoming.
Teens Killed in Car Crashes
In the same year, 2,700 teens died in motor vehicle accidents. That means that in 2010, seven teenagers died from car crashes every day. In 2010, the number of teens who were killed in car accidents was greater than the number of people who died from airplane crashes, lightning strikes, shark attacks, skydiving, snake bites, tornadoes, spider bites and earthquakes COMBINED!
While you should be aware of these statistics, there’s something you can do help change them. Pay attention in drivers ed. Be safe on the road. Encourage your friends to be safe. Refrain from doing extremely dangerous things like drinking and driving, texting and driving or driving when you’re tired. Be a defensive driver. Be a smart driver. Be a responsible driver who follows the rules. Let’s work together to make teens safer on the road. I know we can do it!