A study from the Governors Highway Safety Association says that in the first 6 months of 2012, deaths of 16 and 17-year-olds in traffic accidents increased by 19 percent.
This is a significant increase from the trend in recent years of fewer teens dying in car crashes, KTLA reports.
Researchers blame distracted driving–such as teens talking on cell phones or texting, while behind the wheel.
The increase could also be due in part to the improving economy, as teens have a little more money now, so they’re driving more, which means more fatal crashes, according to the report.
Read more at KTLA