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Teen Driving: Why Teens Crash

Each year, about 3,000 teens are killed in motor-vehicle crashes. That’s eight teens a day. And every year, more than 350,000 teens are treated in emergency departments for injuries suffered in a crash.

The danger for teens is highest at night. New drivers are almost twice as likely to have a fatal crash at night. Day or night, add some teen passengers, and the risk for an accident goes up significantly. Two-thirds of fatal teen-driver crashes happen when a new driver has one or more teen passengers.

Teen drivers are less able to manage distractions, such as loud passengers, and less likely to scan the road for potential hazards or understand that certain road conditions (slick, snowy, etc.) require different driving behavior. The more experience teen drivers get, the less likely they are to crash.

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