Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in America. In 2010, about 2,700 teens in the United States aged 16 to 19 were killed in motor-vehicle crashes. Driver inexperience and driver distraction have been identified as significant factors that affect the safety of young drivers. Research has shown that newly-licensed drivers and young drivers with teen passengers are among those most at risk. Comprehensive graduated driver licensing (GDL) programs are one proven method to reduce motor-vehicle injuries and fatalities for young drivers. UMTRI works in several disciplines to understand the factors that affect the safety of young drivers and to identify and implement the most effective countermeasures.
Sources: NHTSA and CDC websites
UMTRI Young Drivers Resources