May 30, 2016
Did you know nearly two-thirds of people injured or killed in a crash involving a teen driver are people other than the teen behind the wheel? This startling fact comes from a report released last year by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Noted in the report, in 2013 alone, 371,645 people were injured and 2,927 were killed in crashes that involved a teen driver. The majority of those killed or injured were people other than the teen driver who caused the crash.
A different AAA study found that when teen drivers have teen passengers in the vehicle, crash rates go up significantly. The study found that the risk increased by an estimated 44 percent when one passenger under age 21 (and no older passengers) was present in the teen driver’s vehicle, approximately double when two passengers under age 21 were present, and more than quadruple when three or more passengers under age 21 were present.