Minnesota Teen Crash Facts for 2016 (15-19 years)

                                   23 teens died in “teen involved” traffic crashes, 3,571 were injured

“Teen involved” means that a teen driver was involved in the crash. It does not mean that they caused it. No teen pedestrian or bicycle crashes are counted in the teen statistics

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 2016 it is 16.6%

Teen fatalities in relationship to all fatalities have also decreased from 15.5% in 2004 to 5.8% in 2016. Injuries have been reduced from 17.6% in 2004 to 12% in 2016

     Minnesota has seen a drop-in teens being arrested for DWI There were 713 teen drivers arrested for DWI.  This is still 713 too many since drinking alcohol as a teen is against the law

  • Contributing factors in teen crashes:
    • Driver inattention/distraction
    • Failure to yield
    • Following too closely
    • Careless/reckless


  • Five teens were killed in alcohol related crashes—Two teen drivers who caused a crash were drunk


Teen drivers had the more crashes in the winter months

The most dangerous time for teen driver crashes was between 2 – 6 pm.  (37%)

The most dangerous 24 hours is Fridays


  • Teen crashes in motorcycles – 0 deaths, 11 serious injury

Bicycles – 0 deaths, 7 serious injury Pedestrian – 4 deaths, 23 serious injuries



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Minnesota crash information taken from Minnesota Crash Facts 2016



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. In fact, the fatal crash rate per mile driven is nearly twice as high for 16-17-year-olds as it is for 18-19-year-olds. But, the statistics show improvement in most all areas.

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 2,820 teenagers ages 13-19 died in motor vehicle crashes in 2016. This is 68% fewer than in 1975 and 3% fewer than in 2015. About 2 out of 3 teenagers killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2016 were males.

  • Since 1975 teenage motor vehicle crash deaths have decreased more among males (72%) than among females (57%)
  • In 2016, June had the highest number of teenage crash deaths of any month, but the other months were very close.
  • 53% of motor vehicle crash deaths among teenagers occurred on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday
  • Teenage motor vehicle crash deaths in 2016 occurred most frequently between 9-12 p.m.   This is a change from 2010 when it was 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Fifty-five percent of teenage passenger deaths in 2016 occurred in vehicles driven by another teenager. Among deaths of passengers of all ages, 13 percent occurred when a teenager was driving.
  • In 2016, teenagers accounted for 8 percent of motor vehicle crash deaths. They comprised 9 percent of passenger vehicle (cars, pickups, SUVs, and vans) occupant deaths among all ages, 5 percent of pedestrian deaths, 3 percent of motorcyclist deaths, 8 percent of bicyclist deaths, and 15 percent of all-terrain vehicle rider deaths.
  • 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 alcohol concentrations. The estimated percentage of fatally injured passenger vehicle drivers ages 16-17 who had a BAC at or above 0.08% in 2016 was down 12%, and down 71% since 1982. Most of the decline took place in the 1980’s. This age group experienced the greatest decline in alcohol involvement compared with a 56% decline for drivers ages 18-20, a 33% decline for drivers ages 21-30, and a 42% decline for drivers older than 30.
  • Fatally injured female teenage drivers were less likely than male teenage drivers in 2016 to have high BACs. Among fatally injured passenger vehicle drivers ages 16-17, 13 percent of males and 11 percent of females in 2016 had BACs at or above 0.08 percent. Among fatally injured drivers ages 18-19, 25 percent of males and 13 percent of females had BACs at or above 0.08 percent.
  • In 2016, belt use among fatally injured passenger vehicle drivers ages 16-19 was higher than among fatally injured drivers ages 20-59 but lower than among drivers 60 and older combined. Belt use of teenage passengers was lower than of teenage drivers.
  • Among passenger vehicle drivers ages 16-19 involved in fatal crashes in 2016, 46 percent were involved in single-vehicle crashes. This was higher than for drivers ages 25 and older (36%).
  • Fatalities of young drivers, 15 – 20 yrs. declined 40% from 2007 to 2016 but no decrease from 2015 to 2016. The number of licensed young drivers decreased 8.8% from 2005 – 2015 but increased 2.1% in the last year.



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https://mnsafedriving.com/images/news/untitled.jpg Contributing factors to teen driver crash rates:

Due to a combination of immaturity and inexperience, teens have a higher propensity for risk taking behaviors than do older and experienced drivers. Teen drivers are less likely to buckle up, and more likely to speed or drive too fast for prevailing conditions.

Younger drivers are frequently inexperienced in hazard recognition and often take unnecessary risk due to a combination of poor decision making and an illusion of vulnerability. Younger drivers do not always consider the consequences of their actions.

Recent research in adolescent development supports the contention that younger people are often developmentally less capable of making sound judgments and decisions regarding potentially risky behavior. Areas of the brain involved in rendering judgments and making decisions are not fully developed until around age 25.

National information taken from www.nhtsa.dot.gov


http://teendriving.aaa.com/mn teen driving information from AAA
www.parentingteendrivers.com a non-profit teen safety group
www.minnesotansforsafedriving.com a non-profit Minnesota safety group
http://www.teendriving.com about teen driving written by teens
http://www.dps.state.mn.us/ots Minnesota state department of traffic safety
www.allstateteendrivers.com teen driving information from Allstate Insurance Co.
www.qualityansweringservice.com/resources/deadly-calls-how-answering-your-phone-can-cost-you-your-life this site gives facts about the dangers of cell phone and texting use

www.drivealiverichmond.com .  Interesting information about teens and distracted driving