More than 16,000 teenagers die in the United State each year, the majority of which are killed in automobile accidents.
Nearly 50 percent of the estimated children between 12 and 19 who die each year, die in car accidents. Accidents as a whole account for more than one-third of all deaths.
Murder, suicide, cancer and heart disease also rank high on the list. Although, these deaths are often overlooked in discussions about mortality. Teen deaths account for less than 1 percent of all deaths per year in the United States. It is important to consider the years of potential life lost when discussing deaths of individuals who die young. We should not think of the deaths of only 1 percent, but realize the larger impact it has on society and individuals.
The majority of deaths associated with young people are entirely preventable. Intervention, experts believe, could prevent these deaths.