Traffic Collisions Leading Cause of Death Among Teens

May 29, 2009

Motor vehicle collisions are consistently the leading cause of death and one of the leading causes of non-fatal injury for young people ages 15 to 20. In 2008 in Indiana, this age group represented 9 percent of the population, 6 percent of licensed drivers, and 17 percent of drivers involved in collisions. This report, published by the Center for Criminal Justice Research, provides an overview of young driver involvement in collisions in Indiana in 2008, including rates of involvement, contributing factors, restraint and alcohol use, and county comparisons. The impending amendment to the state’s Graduated Driver Licensing system (GDL) is also discussed.