Motor vehicle crashes (MVCs) are the leading cause of death among teenagers in the US. The present study examines how crash rates and crash characteristics differed among drivers aged 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, and 21 in the state of Maryland from 1996 through 1998. The results show that, based on police reports, the youngest drivers have the highest rate of MVC per licensed driver and per annual miles driven. Furthermore, crash characteristics suggest that inexperience rather than risky driving may account for the differing rates. Younger drivers had their crashes during the day in clear weather while drinking less.