National Teen Car Insurance Accident Statistics
- Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers.
- 16 year-olds have higher crash rates than drivers of any other age.
- 16-year-olds are three times more likely to die in a motor vehicle crash than the average of all drivers.
- 3,467 drivers age 15-20 died in car crashes in 2005.
- Drivers age 15-20 accounted for 12.6 percent of all the drivers involved in fatal crashes and 16 percent of all the drivers involved in police-reported crashes in 2005.
- Graduated drivers license programs appear to be making a difference. Fatal crashes involving 15- to 20-year olds in 2005 were down 6.5 percent from 7,979 in 1995, to the lowest level in ten years.
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates the economic impact of auto accidents involving 15-20 year old drivers is over $40 billion.
- According to a 2005 survey of 1,000 people ages 15 and 17, conducted by the Allstate Foundation
- More than half (56 percent) of young drivers use cell phones while driving,
- 69 percent said that they speed to keep up with traffic
- 64 percent said they speed to go through a yellow light.
- 47 percent said that passengers sometimes distract them.
- Nearly half said they believed that most crashes involving teens result from drunk driving.
- 23 percent of teen drivers killed in 2005 were intoxicated, according to NHTSA.
- Statistics show that 16 and 17-year-old driver death rates increase with each additional passenger (IIHS).
Colorado Teen Car Insurance Accident Statistics
Source: Colorado Department of Transportation
- Sixty-two 16-20 year-olds died on Colorado roadways in 2006; 79 died in 2005, and 96 died in 2004.
- In 2006, 80 percent of Colorado's teen passengers who died in car crashes were riding with teen drivers.
- Of the 62 teens killed in Colorado in 2006, 42 (nearly 68 percent) were not wearing seat belts.
- In 2006, 80 percent of teen passengers who died in car crashes in Colorado were riding with teen drivers
- Through November 2006, there were 204,098 licensed Colorado drivers ages 16-20. Teen drivers represent nearly six percent of licensed Colorado drivers, but they account for more than eleven percent of all traffic deaths in the state.