Motor vehicle accidents continue to be the leading cause of death among 16 to 19 year olds. Many teenagers get their driver’s license during the summer months and statistics show that on average, six teens die every day from motor vehicle accidents. The personal finance website WalletHub released a new report on the Best & Worst states for Teen Drivers and Nebraska ranks very low on the list coming in at number 46.
The report shows that when it comes to rating safety, Nebraska is ranked 48th and for driving laws at 44th. When it comes to most teen DUI’s per teen population, Nebraska comes in at 48th and is on the list of the fifteen states with less than two of the six optional Graduated Driver Licensing Program Laws. Nebraska ranked 31st for vehicle miles traveled per capita and 28th for presence of occupant-protection laws. Nebraska came in 45th for presence of distracted driving – driving while texting laws.
The financial implications are staggering as well. Those 15 to 19 years of age make up only 7% of the population in 2013 but they racked up 11% of all costs resulting from metro-vehicle injuries.
WalletHub’s survey ranks New York, Washington, Maryland, Illinois and Delaware among the best states for teen drivers. Wyoming came in last place followed by South Dakota, Montana and Missouri.