Youth Fatalities By Specific Age
More 18 year-olds die in crashes than any other specific age
By a wide margin, more 18 year-olds died in traffic crashes than any other specific age (1,395), in 1998. The next most fatal ages were 19, 21, 17 and 20, respectively. No other single ages but these five recorded over 1,000 fatalities.
- Most years, either 18- or 19-year-olds record the most motor vehicle fatalities.
- By a wide margin, 21 year-olds recorded the most alcohol-related fatalities (641) in 1998. The next most fatal ages in alcohol-related crashes were 22, 18, 20 and 19. No other single ages but these five recorded over 500 alcohol-related fatalities.
- More 18-year-olds died in low BAC (between 0.01 and 0.09) alcohol-related crashes than any other age.
- 18 year-olds recorded the most speed-related fatalities and the most fatalities where no restraint system (seat belts or motorcycle helmets) was used.
- The gradual decline in alcohol-related fatalities since 1992 in the 15 through 20 age group has not been uniform for each age. The decline has been 25 percent for 15-year olds, 16 percent for 16-year olds, 3 percent for 17-year olds, 14 percent for 19-year olds and 17 percent for 20-year olds. Alcohol-related fatalities actually increased by 3 percent for 18-year olds.