Minnesota Teen Crash Facts for 2018 (15-19 years)

                       27 teens died in “teen involved” traffic crashes, 3,018 were injured

                    There were 42 fatal crashes and 12,664 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 2018 it is 16%

Teen fatalities (13-19) in relationship to all fatalities have also decreased from 15.5% in 2004 to 8% in 2018. Injuries have been reduced from 17.6% in 2004 to 12% in 2018

Contributing factors in teen crashes: as listed most often by officers on the scene —- alcohol not included

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


  • Five teens were killed in alcohol related crashes—One of those teen drivers that were tested were found to be over the legal limit.


                                                 Teen drivers had more crashes in the winter months

                                       The most dangerous time for teen driver crashes was between

                                                                               2 – 6 pm.  (36%)

                                                     The most dangerous 24 hours is Friday/Saturday


  • Teen involved crashes in motorcycles – 1 death, 6 serious injury

Bicycles – 0 death, 3 serious injuries

To Pedestrians – 2 deaths, 12 serious injuries

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Minnesota crash information taken from Minnesota Crash Facts 2018




* information is not available for 2018 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 2,734 teenagers ages 13-19 died in motor vehicle crashes in 2017. This is 69% fewer than in 1975 and 4% fewer than in 2016. About 2 out of 3 teenagers killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2017 were males, and among females 58%


For more information on 2017 national teen driving statistics go to