Texting While Driving Statistics

Statistics for Texting While Driving & Driving Distracted

Texting While Driving Statistics

Texting While Driving Statistics

Texting while driving is one of several forms of distracted driving, according to the statistics.  Distracted driving covers many things: eating and drinking, putting on makeup, adjusting the controls on a radio/CD player, reading maps & directions, and more.

But accidents caused by distracted driving have gone up more than any other cause since the advent of texting. According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “driver distraction” was the cause of 18% of crashes with fatalities in 2012. 3,328 people were killed, and 421,000 suffered injury from distracted driving crashes.

American teens seem to be at more risk for this behavior, with 40% saying they have ridden in a car when the driver was using a cell phone in some way while driving. And 11% of drivers 18-20 admit to sending or receiving texts when they crashed their car.

Some statistics from Distracted.gov:

  • “Text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted.” –The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
  • “In 2012 driver distraction was the cause of 18 percent of all fatal crashes – with 3,328 people killed – and crashes resulting in an injury – with 421,000 people wounded.” –The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • “Forty percent of all American teens say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger.” –Pew survey
  • “Eleven percent of drivers aged 18 to 20 who were involved in an automobile accident and survived admitted they were sending or receiving texts when they crashed.”

More Info: Texting While Driving Laws, by state

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