Survey reveals best and worst U.S. states for teen driver safety

United States: Motor-vehicle accidents continue to be the leading cause of death among people between the ages of 16 and 19, the age group with the highest risk of crashes.

And although 15- to 24-year-olds make up only 14 percent of the population, they account for nearly a third of all costs resulting from motor vehicle injuries.

That’s not counting the costs of auto maintenance, insurance premiums, possible traffic citations and other vehicular incidents.

To help parents ensure their teens’ safety behind the wheel and safeguard their finances against unforeseeable events, WalletHub has analyzed the teen-driving environment in the 50 states across 16 key metrics. The data set ranges from the number of teen driver fatalities to the average cost of car repairs to the presence of impaired-driving laws.

Key findings were:

Fewest teen driver fatalities per teen population:

  1. Connecticut
  2. New York
  3. Rhode island
  4. Massachusetts
  5. New Jersey


Most teen driver fatalities per teen population

  1. South Carolina
  2. Alabama
  3. South Dakota
  4. Montana
  5. North Dakota


Lowest number of teen DUIs per teen population

  1. Alabama
  2. Illinois
  3. Delaware
  4. Hawaii
  5. Louisiana


Highest number of teen DUIs per teen population

  1. Colorado
  2. Nebraska
  3. Montana
  4. Wyoming
  5. South Dakota


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