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Texting and Driving Statistics 2017

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.


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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

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