According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle accidents are the No. 1 cause of death among American teens. They account for more than one third of all deaths among those aged 12 to 19 years in the U.S. What are the factors that cause these accidents?
Researchers from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) Teen Risk and Injury Prevention Group recently completed a first-of-its-kind naturalistic driving study among teenagers. They identified four key risks for young drivers:
- Distracted driving
- Hard braking and cornering
- Driving at night