Hospitalizations and Deaths Among Teen Motor Vehicle Drivers

Hospitalizations and Deaths Among Teen Motor Vehicle Drivers

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Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among U.S. teenagers. Per mile driven, crash rates among 16 to 19-year-old drivers are higher than those for all other age groups. The crash rate among 16-year-old drivers is twice as high as among 18 to 19-year-old drivers. In Colorado, 43 percent of all deaths (2000-2006) and 34 percent of injury hospitalizations involving 16 to 17-year-olds result from motor vehicle crashes. Two factors commonly mentioned to account for the high motor vehicle crash rates for young drivers are inexperience and risky driving. A recommended intervention to address this problem is graduated driver licensing system, where young drivers can gain experience under controlled conditions.
Publisher: Denver, Colo. :, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Prevention Services Division,, [2008].
Characteristics: 1 online resource (3 unnumbered pages)

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