Leading Causes of Teenage Deaths

Regardless of how the message is delivered, the skull poster is one of Impact Teen Drivers most powerful tools for engaging teens. There are several ways the skull poster can be used in a classroom presentation. The poster can be hung in the classroom prior to the presentation without saying what the poster represents (this is often useful in developing a good amount of inquiry to it), or you can explain the poster as part of the poster series. The total number of deaths in each category is indicated in the key at the top of the poster. The large number of white dots that make up the skull clearly demonstrate what is really lethal to teens in the United States is automobile crashes.

Each dot on the poster represents a teen (ages 16-19) who died in the year 2005, based upon Centers for Disease Control statistics. The color of the dot represents the cause of death. Red dots represent teens who were murdered, yellow dots represent teens who died by suicide, green dots represent teens who died from cancer and other diseases, and pink dots represent teens who died from other injuries (not caused by automobile crashes, murder, or suicide). The white dots represent teens who died in automobile crashes.

Automobile crashes accounted for over 40% of teen deaths in 2005, and one-thousand more teens were killed in crashes than in the next two leading causes of death (murder and other injuries) combined.

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