What Are Some Statistics About Texting While Driving?


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In the United States, nine people die daily in road accidents involving distracted driving, such as texting on a cellphone, as of 2014. Such road crashes also maim a reported 1,153 daily, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2012, 18 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes involved distracted driving, while a Pew Survey indicates 40 percent of teenagers report to have been in cars when drivers endangered their lives by using a cellphone while driving.

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A 2011 analytical study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine the prevalence of texting and driving in the United States and seven European countries found 31 percent of U.S. drivers had texted while driving within a month prior to the survey. The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found text messaging while driving raises the risk of an accident by up to 23 times as compared to undistracted driving. Eleven percent of 18 to 20 year old survivors of automobile accidents admitted to either texting or receiving a text before they crashed, reports the Centers for Disease Control.

In 2013, there were 341,000 motor vehicle accidents involving texting in the United States. A 2012 survey shows drivers between 21 and 24 years old are most likely to text while driving, according to The Huffington Post.

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