Wyoming has the highest death rate of any state for crashes involving teen drivers, according to an analysis of federal crash data by Erie Insurance and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Other states in the top five are Montana, Mississippi, West Virginia and Arkansas.
The District of Columbia, New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Jersey have the lowest death rates in crashes involving teen drivers. An interactive map showing the ranking of all the states is available online.
Almost 18,000 U.S. teens ages 16 to 19 died in car accidents from 2006 to 2010, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The fatal crash rate for 16- to 19-year-olds in the United States is almost three times the rate for drivers ages 20 and older.
To reduce teen car crash deaths, Erie Insurance launched Shift, a driver safety program that encourages teens to share good driving tips and warn their peers about bad driving habits. The program includes a contest for sharing safe driving messages. Teens can earn cash prizes for themselves and their schools. The contest ends Dec. 7.