Motor Vehicle Crashes Are Leading Killer Of American Teens

By Virginia Richardson -NBC33

Motor Vehicle Crashes Are Leading Killer Of American Teens

January 31, 2014 Updated Jan 31, 2014 at 9:43 AM EDT

According to Allen County Drive Alive, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for young people 15 to 20 years of age, causing roughly one-third of all fatalities in this age group. In 1996, 6,319 young people age 15 to 20 died in motor vehicle crashes. Even though this age group makes up only 7 percent of the driving population, they are involved in 14 percent of all traffic fatalities. In 1996, teens were involved in more than two million non-fatal traffic crashes. Based on population projections, these numbers will go up unless we intervene. Click for full story #EyesForwardFriday

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