JOL Information: Accident Rates

Accident Rates for Young Drivers

As a parent, here are the crash statistics you need to know. There is no “good news” involving crash statistics for our youngest drivers. The number of crashes in Massachusetts involving 16, 17, or 18 year old drivers is appalling. The youngest group of drivers, 16 year olds, has the highest percentage of serious accidents of those age groups.

  • 33% of 16 year old drivers will be in a serious crash.
  • 19% of 17 year old drivers will be in a serious crash.
  • 14% of 18 year old drivers will be in a serious crash.

The Statistics:
State law requires a driver to file a report with the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) for any crash involving a death, serious bodily injury or property damage in excess of $1,000. The numbers above are obtained from these reports.

The added effect of alcohol:
To make matters worse, some young drivers less than 21 years old increase the chance of a crash by drinking and driving-even though it is illegal. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that across the USA in 2005:

  • 11% of 16 year old drivers killed in a crash were legally drunk.
  • 18% of 17 year old drivers killed in a crash were legally drunk.
  • 24% of 18 year old drivers killed in a crash.