Minnesota Teen Crash Facts for 2019 (15-19 years)

                       31 teens died in “teen involved” traffic crashes, 4,704 were injured

                    There were 29 fatal crashes and 12,511 crashes involving teens

“Teen involved” means that a teen driver was involved in the crash involving any motor vehicle. It does not mean that they caused the crash.

Minnesota teen drivers continue to be overrepresented in traffic crashes due to driver inexperience, distractions, speeding/risk-taking, and seat belt non-use. The greatest crash risk occurs during the first months of independent driving. The good news is that progress has been made. Laws such as no cell phone use, no texting, primary seat belt, and nighttime and passenger limitations have helped reduce teen traffic deaths and injuries.


In 2005, 21.9% of all traffic crashes were “teen involved”. In 2019 it is 16%

     Contributing factors in teen crashes: as listed most often by officers on the scene —-

      • Failure to yield
      • Careless/reckless
      • Following too closely
      • Driver inattention/distraction


    • 9 teens were tested in alcohol related crashes—One of those teen drivers that were tested were found to be over the legal limit.
    • Male and female drivers had about the same crash history at the ages of 16 and 17 but after that males crashed more than females.


Teen drivers had more crashes in the winter months

        but more serious crashes in the summer

The most dangerous time for teen driver crashes

               is mornings and afternoons

The most dangerous 24 hours is Friday/Saturday



For more information on teen driving go to



Minnesota crash information taken from Minnesota Crash Facts 2019




* information is not available for 2019 at this time

In the United States, teenagers drive less than all but the oldest people, but their numbers of crashes and crash deaths are disproportionately high.  In the United States, the fatal crash rate per mile driven for 16-19-year-olds is nearly 3 times the rate for drivers ages 20 and over. Risk is highest at ages 16-17.

The definition of a “teen involved” crash is any crash with at least one teen driver of any motor vehicle involved. It does not mean that the teen caused the crash.

A total of 2,476 teenagers ages 13-19 died in motor vehicle crashes in 2018. This is 72% fewer than in 1975 and 10% fewer than in 2017. About 2 out of 3 teenagers killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2018 were males, and among females 59%


Teenage motor vehicle crash deaths

  • Passenger vehicle occupant  1,931
  • Pedestrian                                    251
  • Motorcyclist                                 151
  • Bicyclist                                           64
  • ATV                                                  35
  • Other                                               44

In 2018, 57% of the deaths of teenage passengers in passenger vehicles occurred in vehicles driven by another teenager. Among deaths of passengers of all ages, 12% occurred when a teenager was driving.


16 -18-year-old drivers wear seatbelts more than 19- and 20-year-old drivers.

For fatalities, July is the most dangerous month and weekend the most dangerous days and 6p to midnight the most dangerous hours for fatalities.


Young drivers are less likely than adults to drive after drinking alcohol, but their crash risk is substantially higher when they do. This is especially true at low and moderate blood alcohol concentrations (BACs).  The estimated percentage of fatally injured passenger vehicle drivers ages 16-17 who had BACs at or above 0.08 percent in 2018 was 16 percent, down 61 percent since 1982. Most of this decline took place in the 1980s. This age group experienced a similar decline in alcohol involvement as drivers ages 18-20 (61 percent). These age groups experienced a larger decline in alcohol involvement than drivers ages 21-30 (33 percent and drivers over age 30 (42 percent).


For more information on 2018 national teen driving statistics go to

Teenagers (iihs.org)