With the high incidence of car crashes in the United States, people of all ages are at risk when riding in or driving a motor vehicle. However, one particular age group ranks above the rest and motor vehicle accidents claim more deaths for this group than any other cause.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports motor vehicle crashes are the top cause of death for individuals between four and 34 years old. In fact, teenagers have the highest injury and fatality rates in motor vehicle accidents of any other age group. NHTSA defines teenagers as youth between the ages of 16 and 20.
NHTSA also points out that teenagers fail to wear their seat belts more than any other age category. Here are some statistics that show why this failure is a significant danger for them:
The National Organizations for Youth Safety report that in 2008, seat belts saved more than 13,000 lives among passenger occupants over age four, and more than 17,000 additional lives could have been saved had all passenger vehicle occupants over age four worn seat belts.