Study: Louisiana ranks among top 10 deadliest states for teen drivers

FLORIDA – Louisiana is among the deadliest states for teen drivers, according to a recent study.

In a study conducted by Florida personal injury lawyers Anidjar & Levine that looked at car crashes reported in 19 states across the country between 2017 and 2021, it found that teen drivers were the most likely to be involved in fatal road accidents.

Louisiana ranked No. 8 out of the top 10 states with more than 125 deaths for every 100,000 licensed drivers. The national average is 88 fatalities per 100,000 drivers.

In the United States, teens drive less than all other drivers but the number of crashes and crash deaths they are involved in, are disproportionately high, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). 

The fatal crash rate, per mile, for teenagers aged 16 to 19 years old is nearly three times the rate for drivers aged 20 and up. The risk is highest for teens between the ages of 16 to 17.

Motor vehicle crashes are leading cause of death for teens

In 2020, motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of death nationwide among 13 to 19-yr-old males and females, according to the IIHS. The number of teens, aged 13 to 19 years old, who died of motor vehicle crashes, increased in 2021.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says drunk driving crashes spike over the holiday season. During the Thanksgiving holiday weekend between 2017 to 2021, more than 830 people died in crashes involving a drunk driver.

While young drivers are less likely than adults to drive after drinking alcohol, their risk of crashing is substantially higher when they do drink and drive, according to the IIHS.

Kentucky was the deadliest state for drivers 19 and under, with 283.5 deaths per 100,000 licensed drivers, accounting for one-fifth of all fatal car crashes in the U.S. Mississippi was the second deadliest for teen drivers, Florida was ranked the 9th deadliest state followed by Texas at No. 10. 

Deadliest states for drivers aged 19 and under

  1. Kentucky: 283.5 driver fatalities per 100k licensed drivers
  2. Mississippi: 225.9 driver fatalities per 100k licensed drivers
  3. Montana: 152.5 driver fatalities per 100k licensed drivers
  4. Wyoming: 146.6 driver fatalities per 100k licensed drivers
  5. New Mexico: 146.2 driver fatalities per 100k licensed drivers
  6. Arkansas: 143.8 driver fatalities per 100k licensed drivers
  7. North Carolina: 129.6 driver fatalities per 100k licensed drivers
  8. Louisiana: 125.4 driver fatalities per 100k licensed drivers
  9. Florida: 110.1 driver fatalities per 100k licensed drivers
  10. Texas: 110.1 driver fatalities per 100k licensed driver

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