According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), texting while driving increases the chances of you being involved in an auto accident by a factor of 23. Texting while driving includes all three of the main driving distractions – manual distraction i.e. the removal of the driver’s hands from the wheel, visual distraction i.e. the driver is not looking exclusively at the road, and cognitive distraction meaning that the driver is not entirely focused on the situation on the road.
A driver who doesn’t employ all of their attention on the road situation has a very high chance of causing a collision. According to the federal government’s website:
The most recent statistics available show that nearly 330,000 injuries occur each year in accidents caused by texting. At least 1.6 million crashes are caused by cell phone distraction while driving. Stats also show that 25% of car accidents in the U.S. are caused by texting while driving.
Out of all the cell phone related actions that drivers can perform while behind the wheel, texting is by far the most dangerous one. In light of these statistics, more than 90% of all drivers support the complete ban on texting while driving. 74% support the ban on hand-held cell phone use. Some states have already completely banned texting while driving which has resulted in a lower amount of text messaging related accidents.
Statistics also show that teens are the ones who are usually involved in cell phone distraction crashes. On average, 11 teens die every day as a result of that. Most of these crashes are text messaging car accidents which could have been prevented easily if the drivers were focused on the road instead of the cell phone. It is really disturbing how many stories about accidents caused by texting there are. Texting while driving is no joke and should not be performed under any circumstances. The answer to the question “how many people die from texting while driving?” should be a lower number than it is at the moment.
If you have been injured in an auto accident caused by a driver who was texting while driving, you might be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering. The text messaging accident attorneys at the Fenstersheib Law Group, P.A. have a lot of experience in that regard and have helped countless people recover their damages.