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National Safety Council Safety Month, Week 4, Part Deux: Shocking Distracted Driving Statistics

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, Drive Smart Virginia and others report these shocking distracted driving statistics:

  • Over 2.5 million people in the U.S. are involved in road accidents each year, of these, 1.6 million or 64 percent of all road accidents involve cell phone use.
  • Over 37,000 people die in automobile crashes in the U.S every year.
  • Each year, over 330,000 accidents caused by texting while driving lead to severe injuries. This means that over 78 percent of all distracted drivers are distracted because they have been texting while driving.
  • 1 out of 4 car accidents in the US are caused by texting while driving.
  • Texting and driving is 6 times more likely to get you in an accident than drunk driving.
  • It takes an average of three seconds after a driver’s mind is taken off the road for any road accident to occur. Reading a text message while driving successfully distracts a driver for a minimum of five seconds each time.
  • The average speed in the US is about 55 mph. Taking five seconds to read a text in this time means that the driver travels the length of a football field without looking at the road.
  • When you text while driving, the time that you spend with your eyes off the road increases by about 4 times.
  • The chances of a crash because of any reason is increased by 23 times when you are texting. Even if the crash is another driver’s fault, you will probably have been able to avoid it if you had been looking at the road instead of the phone.
  • Every day, 11 teenagers die because they were texting while driving.
  • Ninety-four percent of teenagers understand the consequences of texting and driving, but 35 percent of them admitted that they do it anyway.
  • Teen drivers have a 400 percent higher chance of being in a car crash when texting while driving than adults.
  • Twenty-five percent of teens respond to at least one text while driving, every single time.
  • Ten percent of adults and 20 percent of teenagers have admitted that they have entire conversations over text message platforms while driving.
  • Eighty-two percent of American teenagers own a cell phone, and use it regularly to call and text message. 52 percent of these talk on the phone while driving, and 32 percent text on the road.
  • When polled, 77 percent of adults and 55 percent of teenage drivers say that they can easily manage texting while driving.
  • A study at the University of Utah found out that the reaction time for a teen using a cell phone is the same as that of a 70 year old who isn’t using one.
  • Forty-eight percent of kids in their younger teenage years have been in a car while the driver was texting. Over 1,600 children in the same age group are killed each year because of crashes involving texters.


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