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Report: Teen Driving Accidents Kill Many Not in Car

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- Nearly a third of those killed in car crashes involving teen drivers are not even in the teen’s car -- they are bicyclists, pedestrians or occupants of other vehicles, according to a new national report.

The inaugural report, conducted by The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and State Farm Insurance Companies, found that in 2008, 681,000 people were involved in accidents where a teen driver was behind the wheel, causing injuries to more than 40,000.  Out of those who died from these accidents, nearly 30 percent were not in cars driven by teens.

The report also found that more teens die on the road than from murder, suicide and cancer combined.  Nearly a quarter -- 24 percent -- of total teen deaths are the result of car crashes.

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