ThinkFirst for Teens! (National Injury Prevention Foundation)
Traumatic injuries are the leading cause of death among teens - in fact, teens and young adults are in the highest risk group for injuries. The most frequent causes are motor vehicle crashes, violence, falls and sports and recreation. Among the most serious injuries are those to the brain and spinal cord, often leading to long term or permanent disabilities that can affect a person's thinking, speaking, ability to walk, move or even breathe as they could before the injury. The majority of these injuries are preventable when people use basic safety precautions.