General Motors Foundation recently funded a study called “Teens in Cars.” The national survey revealed that the number one cause of deaths among teenagers was car wrecks. Car wrecks accounted for more teen deaths than homicides or suicides. In 2012, 2,439 teens died in auto accidents. Over half of those killed were teens driving, which accounted for 56%. 44% of those killed were passengers.
Another tragic finding from the study concerned a lack of seatbelt use. Over half of the fatalities involved teens who chose not to wear a seatbelt.
With texting and other distracted driving issues, the numbers look to increase in the years ahead. Parents must be diligent in educating their children on the dangers of excessive speed, failure to use seatbelts, and distracted driving.