According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), vehicle crashes are the second leading cause of death teens in the U.S.

These crashes have led to a lot of pain for families of the deceased teens. Majority of the crashes involving teens are due to inexperience and distractions.

The enormity of the problem

Statistics from the CDC revealed that in 2019, more than 2,000 teenagers throughout the U.S died in a car accident. Also over a quarter million were injured bad enough that they had to be taken to a hospital emergency room. This means that about seven teens aged died daily due to motor vehicle crashes, and hundreds more were injured. Furthermore, motor vehicle accident deaths among teens 16–19 years of age resulted in over $5 billion in medical bills and lost work expenses for crashes that occurred in 2019.

Who is most at risk?

  • Teenagers aged 16-19 face a higher risk of being involved in a motor vehicle crash.
  • Additionally, in 2019, the death rate for crashes involving male drivers aged 16-19 was twice of female drivers of the same age.
  • Teen drivers driving teenage passengers increases the risk. This risk increases with each additional teen passenger.

Factors that put teens at risk


Teens have a higher tendency to make poor decisions and lack the ability to recognize dangerous situations.

Not Using Seat Belts:

Teens have the lowest seat belt rates in comparison with other age groups. In 2019, 43.1% of U.S. high school students did not always wear a seat belt when riding in a car driven by someone else.

When car accidents are reviewed and when a teenage driver is at fault and died in the crash, over 50% failed to have their seat belt on. 

Distracted Driving:

Drivers can get easily distracted and this is especially dangerous for young, inexperienced drivers.

A 2019 report from the National Youth Risk Behavior Survey revealed that, among U.S. high school students who drove, 39% texted or e-mailed while driving at least once during the 30 days before the survey.


Teens are more likely than older drivers to speed and allow shorter distance between their vehicle and the ones in front of them.

In 2018, 30% of male drivers aged 15–20 and 18% of female drivers of the same age who were involved in fatal crashes were speeding, the highest percentages by sex in comparison with all other age groups.

Alcohol Use:

Consuming alcohol before or while a teen is driving increases accident risk among teenage drivers as compared drivers over 20 years of age.  It has been proven that older drivers with the same blood alcohol concentration are less likely than a teenage driver to get in a motor vehicle accident.

Results from the 2019 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey revealed the following:

Among U.S. high school students who drove, 5.4% drove when they had been drinking alcohol at least once during the 30 days before the survey.

In 2018, 69% of drivers aged 15–20 who were killed in motor vehicle crashes after drinking and driving were not wearing a seat belt.

16.7% of U.S. high school students rode with a driver who had been drinking alcohol at least once during the 30 days before the survey.

In 2018, 24% of drivers aged 15–20 who were killed in fatal motor vehicle crashes had been drinking.

Two Minors Die In SR-82 Crash With Teen At The Wheel In Immokalee

Two children were killed after an Immokalee mother, who has been charged, reportedly allowed a 14-year-old to drive a car resulting in the death of a 3-year-old and 4-year-old.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol:  “The 4-year-old girl from Immokalee was pronounced dead on Saturday evening after the teenager, who was driving a van turned in front of an SUV causing the deadly crash.”

The second victim, a 3-year-old girl, also from Immokalee was in critical condition following the crash and later died at a hospital Sunday.

The identity of the girls, who were sisters has been revealed by troopers. They are Flor Del Carmen Ixcoy, 4, and Pilar Del Carmen Ixcoy, 3.

Information given by family members, reported that the two girls were from a large family and were the two youngest of a total of 12 siblings.

Officials at the scene of the accident said, “the van was T-boned by an SUV around 6:30 PM while making an unprotected left turn onto Sunshine Boulevard. This caused the van to spin out, coming to a stop on the shoulder of State Road 82 West.”

According to the crash report from the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), a 14-year-old girl was driving the van with her mother in the passenger seat. Four other children were in the car without seatbelts on, including the 4-year-old and the 3-year-old who were killed.

FHP confirmed the mother in the van was 44-year-old Joyce Cara Zamago. Authorities said she was under the influence and had reportedly allowed her 14-year-old to drive at the time of the crash.

In total, 8 children and 3 adults were involved in the crash.

Lee County deputies also responded to the crash to assist with roadblocks.

What To Do If Your Teen Was Involved In An Accident While Driving

The first step in pursuing a crash involving a teen is to reach out to an experience attorney who can help guide you through the many questions that you will have about the legal process and potential compensation for your medical bills and other possible claims. An attorney will investigate to determine who caused the accident and who is responsible. They will review accident reports, speak to witnesses and other evidence to determine accident fault. They will ensure that all filing deadlines are met, including notice requirements for claims against the government.

Accidents involving teenagers sometimes have one or more drivers involved. This means that there are times that multiple insurance companies will be involved. Our team of lawyers will negotiate with all parties at fault, and their insurance companies, with the goal to reach a settlement agreement without ever having to go to an actual trial. If they cannot reach an agreement that provides you with the compensation that you deserve, they will then pursue your financial recovery in court.

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