2017 Texting and Driving Statistics

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According to Personal Injury-San Diego, every year in the U.S. almost a half million people are injured or killed in traffic accidents attributed to the combination of texting and driving. The statistics at www.distraction.gov are shocking, especially in view of the facts that this danger could be completely avoided.

 In 2013, according to statistics compiled by the Department of Transportation,

  • 3,145 people died
  • Another 424,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes caused by drivers who were distracted because they were texting or using cell phones.
  • An outstanding 69% of drivers (aged 18-64) in the U.S. admitted to using their cell phones while driving during the previous month.

Text messaging has become an essential part of life for most people in the U.S. In 2013, over 153 billion and according to www.distraction.gov text messages were transmitted in this country, including Puerto Rico, the Territories and Guam.

Young drivers, under age 20, not only are avid text message users, they make up 27 percent of the drivers in fatal crashes that were attributed to distracted driving.

During daylight hours, about 660,000 drivers are using their cell phones or manipulating other electronic devices every moment. This alone can be the cause of increasing the risks of becoming involved in an auto accident by 3 times over the normal risk probability.

Risky Texting

Texting can make vehicle accidents 23 times more likely to happen. This is because there are distractions that occur from texting that outweigh other types of activities like talking with a passenger. Texting, by its very nature, involves at least three separate physical/mental actions, all of which take attention away from the road ahead and potential driving hazards.

Risky Texting

Texting, by its very nature, involves at least three separate physical/mental actions, all of which take attention away from the road ahead and potential driving hazards.

  1. Visual – Your focus on the road is stifled by the attention given to the texting device.
  2. Manual – Dexterity of operating the vehicle are taken away by instead using the hands to control the texting device.
  3. Cognitive – Mentally, your focus is taken off of the vehicle and the driving and instead given to the manipulation of communication devices.

According to www.dosomething.org, matters are worsened as a result of the addiction that is created which causes people to have the “urge to text”. The result is that some people who have reached this point of addiction are known to always have their cell phones on, constantly checking on their messages, and even responding by texting while driving a vehicle. It only takes a few seconds of time to thereby cause an accident as a result of texting. For instance, a vehicle traveling at 55 mph in 5 seconds can reach the span of a football field! This can result in a fatality!

Texting While Driving?

Believe it, or not, but texting while driving has almost reached the point of 50 percent. The fact that people are well informed about the dangers of texting while driving, it still continues to happen. In a study of teen drivers about the dangers of texting while driving, 97 percent agree that it is dangerous, even though 43 percent continue to do it. According to a National Occupant Protection Use Survey, women answer their cell phones while driving more frequently than men. Almost one third of older drivers who are aged eighteen to sixty-four have admitted to actively using their cell phones to text and email messages while driving.

Texting, When?

People answer their cell phones every day at any given times and when driving and most times they feel an immediate need to respond. Although, it would be best for them to stop and pullover, most of them do not. According to the facts, there are many arguments about this way of thinking. The fact is that daily over 9 persons are killed and over 1,153 are injured in the United States due to distracted driving. Most of these crashes could have been prevented or avoided had it not been for cell phone use distractions while driving.

Solutions for Texting While Driving

First of all, the main cause of the distraction must be eliminated. As a result of the statistics regarding cell phone and text usage during driving, according to www.cdc.gov, it became necessary to prohibit drivers from texting while driving in 43 states. In some states the laws ban hand held cellphone usage or texting while driving Commercial or government vehicles.

Agency

Employees Passed Types Year
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Commercial trucking drivers Stringent rules Texting and cell phone use 2010
Federal Railroad Administration Railroad employees

On the job

Bans Cell phone use or Electronic Devices 2010
Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Hazardous materials carriers Bans Hand held cell phones 2011
Federal Government Employees who drive government equipment Legislation Texting while driving 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Texting and Driving Statistics – Reported by the National Safety Council

General Cell Phone Statistics

STATISTICS
1.6 million Crashes caused by cell phone use each year.
330,000 Injuries Occur each year from accidents.
1 out of every 4 Accidents Caused by texting and driving.
Texting while driving 6X more likely to cause an accident then driving drunk.
Answering a text takes your attention for about 5 seconds traveling at 55 mph, that’s enough time to travel the length of a football field.
Texting while driving causes 400% increase in time spent with eyes off of the road.
Texting while driving is the Most dangerous activity.

74% of Drivers support a ban on hand held cell phone use.

 

Texting and Driving Statistics – National Safety Council

Teen Driver Cell Phone Statistics

STATISTICS
11 Teens Die every day as a result of texting while driving.
94% of Teen drivers AAA Poll – Acknowledge the dangers of texting and driving.
35% of Teens admit doing it anyway AAA Poll – Acknowledge the dangers of texting and driving.
21% of Teens Involved in fatal accidents distracted by their cell phones.
Teen driver’s are4X more likely than adults to get into car crashes or near crashes when talking or texting on a cell phone.
Teen driver with only one passenger is 2X at risk of getting into a fatal car accident.
Teen driver with two or more passengers are 5X at risk of getting into a fatal car accident.

 

Texting and Driving Statistics – National Safety Council

2013 U. S. Cell Phone and Driving Statistics

STATISTICS
3154 People were killed in distraction related accidents.
424,000 People were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver.
10% of all drivers ages 15 to 19 involved in fatal accidents were reported to be distracted at the time of the crash.

 

 

Texting and Driving Statistics – National Safety Council

2012 U. S. Cell Phone and Driving Statistics

STATISTICS
3328 People were killed in distracted related crashes.
421,000 People were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver.
11% of drivers under age 20 involved in fatal accidents were reported to be distracted at the time of the crash.
One-fourth of Teenagers respond to at least one text message every time they drive.
20% of Teens report having multi-text message conversations while driving.
10% of Parents report having multi-text message conversations while driving.

 

Texting and Driving Statistics – National Safety Council

2012 U. S. Cell Phone and Driving Statistics

STATISTICS
3,328 People were killed in distraction related crashes.
421,000 People were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver.
11% of Drivers under age 20 involved in fatal accidents were reported to be distracted at the time of the crash.

Texting and Driving Statistics – National Safety Council

2012 National Survey on Distracted Driving Attitudes and Behaviors

STATISTICS
Nearly half (48%) of drivers admit to answering their cell phones while driving.
Upon answering 58% of drivers continued to drive while talking on the phone.
24% of drivers reported that they are willing to make a phone call while driving.
1 in 10 drivers surveyed said that, at least sometimes, they send text messages or emails while driving.
14% of drivers said they read text messages or emails while driving.
Majority of respondents supported laws that banned talking on cell phones, texting, or emailing while driving.

Sources:

www.cdc.gov

www.distraction.gov

www.dosomething.org

www.edgarsnyder.com