Type, size and age of vehicles driven by teenage drivers killed in crashes during 2008–2012

In this article, the authors develop a profile of vehicles driven by teenagers killed in traffic crashes. In addition to capturing the vehicle make, model and model year through vehicle identification numbers, they consider the vehicle’s safety features and crash protection, which are critical given the high crash rates of teenagers. They use the Fatality Analysis Reporting System to obtain data on drivers in the 15- to 17-year old and 35- to 50-year old age groups. The authors’ findings reveal that mini or small cars were driven by 29% of fatally injured teenagers, and few had electronic stability control or side airbags. Additionally, over 80% of cars driven by teens in fatal crashes were 6 years old or older; 48% were at least 11 years old. The article suggests that safety should be a consideration by parents when selecting vehicles for teenagers.


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  • Accession Number: 01561567
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 14 2015 11:31AM