Tragically, our teenagers continue to lose their lives more often in car accidents than any other cause of death. This is heart wrenching when we consider how many teenagers could go on to lead happy and productive lives if only they or someone with whom they were riding could have been, or would have been careful and alert.
In the 15-to-20 age group, car accidents are still the main cause of death for teens. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2,700 teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 lost their lives in car accidents in 2010. An additional 282,000 teenagers were injured and required medical attention during that same time frame. Statistics also strongly indicate that male teenage drivers are almost twice as likely to be involved in a car accident, both fatal, and non-fatal, than a female teenage driver.
There are several factors involved in the likelihood of a teenager being killed in a car accident:
Parents especially need to be involved in holding teenagers responsible for their behavior behind the wheel, and this often needs to start with the parents themselves setting the example for their teenager’s years before they start to drive.