Traffic Safety Facts 2008 Data: Young Drivers

There were 205.7 million licensed drivers in the United States in 2007 (2008 data not available). Young drivers, between 15 and 20 years old, accounted for 6.4% (13.2 million) of the total, a 4.8% increase from the 12.6 million young drivers in 1997. In 2008, 5,864 15- to 20-year-old drivers were involved in fatal crashes – a 27% decrease from the 7,987 involved in 1998. Driver fatalities for this age group decreased by 20% between 1998 and 2008. For young males, driver fatalities decreased by 19%, compared with a 24% decrease for young females. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 15- to 20-year-olds (based on 2005 figures, which are the latest mortality data currently available from the National Center for Health Statistics). In 2008, 2,739 15- to 20-year-old drivers were killed and an additional 228,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes. In 2008, 12% (5,864) of all drivers involved in fatal crashes (50,186) were young drivers age 15 to 20 years old, and 14% (1,429,000) of all drivers involved in police-reported crashes (10,081,000) were young drivers. Additional statistics on young driver involvement in fatal crashes in 2008 are provided in this traffic safety fact sheet.

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  • Accession Number: 01143734
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-811 169
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 3 2009 10:18AM