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The World Health Organization reported that road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death worldwide among young people aged 10-24 years. Out of the 1.2 million people that die in car crashes each year, nearly 400,000 people under the age of 25 die on the world's roads, an average of more than 1,000 deaths a day. More than 5,000 teens die every year in the United States.


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In 2008, the Office of Traffic Safety estimated that street racing contributed to over 100 fatalities in California. That figure was significantly underreported, as there is no specific reporting field for street racing related casualties.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI), the crash rate for 16-19 year-olds is four times the risk of that for older drivers, with 16 year-olds being the highest risk. The crash rate for 16 year-olds is twice as high as it is for 18-19 year-olds. According to AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, more 16-18 year-olds die in car crashes then the next five leading causes of death combined: homicides, suicides, drowning, poisonings, cancer, and heart disease; with 18 year-olds being at the highest risk. Two additional people die in each teenager involved fatal collision (such as other drivers, passengers, or pedestrians).



New statistics released by NHTSA show traffic fatalities down in 2008; Traffic fatalities fell to 37,313, down from 41,059 in 2007. Some may say it is due to increased use of seat belts and others may say it is becuase there are less cars on the highways due to layoffs...For NHTSA's report click here.


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