While the number of teen driving-related deaths has been slashed by nearly half, from 8,250 in 2005 to 4,270 in 2014, last year saw one of the first increases in a decade. In the last five years, according to the AAA auto club, there were 14,000 fatal crashes involving teens. Nearly 33 percent of those involved drivers who were speeding. Also, according to the newest figures released from the Governors Highway Safety Association, the number of motorists killed in teen driver crashes increased from 4,272 in 2014 to 4,689 last year. These accidents all involve teen drivers, but the deaths include passengers, persons in other vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians. In fact, more than two-thirds of those killed in teen driver crashes were someone other than the teen driver.
Teens are among the most vulnerable drivers on the road. They lack experience. They often lack an understanding of the serious danger they face – and the great caution they must exercise.