Getting a driver’s license is often a huge milestone for teenagers, representing a new freedom and another step closer to becoming a full-fledged adult. While teens are put through various training and tests to earn licenses, however, they don’t always act safely behind the wheel once they have their drivers’ licenses. And this often results in serious, if not fatal, traffic accidents.

To start reversing the trends in teen accidents and save more lives, regulators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are sponsoring National Teen Driver Safety Week this week (Oct. 18th to Oct. 24th).

In support of this effort, below, we have shared some of the most important facts to know about teen driver accidents. Understanding these facts can help parents know what to talk to their newly licensed teens about when it comes to driver safety and the dangerous practices to avoid behind the wheel.

Teen Driver Accidents: The Facts

  1. Parents, here’s what the NHTSA wants you to know for National Teen Driver Safety Week, a Beaverton car accident attorney explains.

    Parents, here’s what the NHTSA wants you to know for National Teen Driver Safety Week, a Beaverton car accident attorney explains.

    Car accidents are top cause of death for 15 to 20 year olds.

  2. In 2013,1 about 177,000 teen drivers were hurt in traffic accidents.
  3. In about 29 percent of all deadly teen driver accidents, at least one involved teen driver was under the influence of alcohol.
  4. Speeding is a factor in about 42 percent of all fatal teen driver crashes.
  5. Texting while driving is a factor in about 11 percent of all deadly teen driver auto wrecks.
  6. In 2013, at least 318 people in the U.S. were killed by distracted teen motorists.
  7. About 55 percent of teens killed in auto accidents in 2013 were not wearing their seatbelts when the crash occurred.

Another interesting fact about teen driver accidents is that the risk of these collisions more than doubles when even one other teenager is in the car with a teen driver. This is because another teen can mean more distractions and a greater propensity to engage in risky driving behaviors.

Contact a Beaverton Car Accident Attorney at the Weimar Law Offices

If you have been injured in a traffic accident, Beaverton Car Accident Attorney Linda Weimar is ready to aggressively advocate your rights both inside and outside of the courtroom. Since 1997, Attorney Linda Weimar has been dedicated to providing the highest quality legal services to injured people and to holding negligent parties accountable for their careless and reckless behaviors.

To find out more about your best options for financial recovery after a car accident, call us at (503) 640-5000 or email us using the Contact form on this page. From our offices in Beaverton, Attorney Linda Weimar represents people with various types of personal injury claims throughout Washington County, including in West Side and Hillsboro.


1: The most recent year for which complete data was available as of the date of this post.