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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2009, motor vehicle accidents accounted for one in four deaths among 15- to 24-year-olds, making it the leading cause of death for that age group. These accidents also represented 60% of all deaths in this age group due to unintentional injury.1 The more a person drives the greater their risk of a crash, but crash rates decline with experience. Not surprisingly, given their lack of experience, novices have high crash rates.2 Also, males have higher crash death rates than females at all ages.3 

American Indian/Alaska Native and Hispanic populations are more often involved in motor vehicle crashes in the United States than whites or blacks.3 About 7% of all deaths in 2007 among American Indians and Alaska Natives and 5% of deaths among Hispanics were attributed to vehicle crashes. This is compared with less than 2% of all deaths among whites and blacks in the United States in the same year. 3 


  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. (2012). Leading causes of death. Retrieved May 4, 2012, from http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/leading_causes_death.html [top]
  2. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). (2012). Fatality facts 2010: Teenagers. Retrieved September 19, 2013, from http://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/t/teenagers/topicoverview External Web Site Policy [top]
  3. West, B. A., & Naumann, R. B. (2011). Motor vehicle-related deaths—United States, 2003–2007. CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 60, 52–55. Retrieved May 4, 2012, from http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/su6001a10.htm?s_cid=su6001a10_w [top]

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