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Texting while Driving Statistics

There are different factors that can cause an automobile accident to take place. However, one of the most common elements behind crashes is texting while driving. Texting isn't the only distraction that can come from a cellphone. Surfing the Internet, dialing, and answering a call are all collective actions that often lead to the occurrence of wrecks. However, according to distraction.gov, because text messaging requires a driver's visual, manual, and cognitive attention, it is the most dangerous distraction of all. No matter what your age may be, if you have a cell phone and drive, we recommend reading further to view imperative information regarding texting while driving.

Do You Text and Drive?

Today, almost everyone owns a cell phone. As this device can be used to conveniently accomplish many tasks (most notably, texting), it should come as no surprise that frequent accidents ensue when a driver's focus shifts from the road to the screen of their phone. According to ctia.org, as of December 2012, 171.3 billion text messages were sent in the United States every single month. Though there are strict penalties severely enforced when it comes to cell phone usage while driving, many chose to ignore such rules and consequences. Take a look at other texting while driving statistics, according to textinganddrivingsafety.com:

  • In 2011, at least 23% of auto collisions involved cell phones
  • 21% of drivers aged 15-19 involved in fatal crashes were distracted by a cell phone
  • Texting while driving makes a crash up to 23 more times likely
  • 34% of teenagers admitted to texting while driving
  • 13% of teenagers aged 18-20 involved in wrecks admitted to texting or talking during the crash

It's quite clear that cell phone distractions cause severe accidents. And though it's obvious that teenagers have an issue when it comes to using their cell phones while driving, adults are no stranger to the act:

  • 27% of adults have sent or received text messages while driving
  • 15% of young drivers have seen their parents text while driving
  • 48% of kids aged 12-17 have been in a car while the driver was texting

The facts speak for themselves: no matter what a driver's age may be, anyone can easily be distracted by their cell phone.

Always Stay Focused

When you're on the road, it's important to stay focused of the task at hand. If you choose to use your cell phone while driving, you stand the chance of causing an accident. If you need to, place your cell phone in the glove box, center console, or trunk to keep from reaching for the device. No text or call is important enough to risk your safety or the safety of others.



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