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Traffic Accidents Statistics Associated with Distracted Driving

According to the US Department of Transportation (DOT), the use of a cellphone while driving is cited as a cause for an estimated 1.6 million accidents each year, including 500,000 injuries and 6,000 fatalities. Frankly, I’m surprised that those figures are so low. In my experience as a Fort Worth personal injury lawyer, I have witnessed the distracted driving epidemic grow increasingly dire with every passing year.

 

Distracted driving regularly results in injuries (and deaths) to the negligent driver themselves, their passengers, and other unfortunate souls who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

 

Auto Accidents Caused by Distracted Drivers: The Stats

  • It is estimated that there is a car crash caused by a distracted driver every 24 seconds (NSC)
  • Texting while driving results in the deaths of 11 teenager every single day (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Fatality Facts)
  • Texting while driving increases your likelihood of crashing by 2,300 percent (NHTSA)
  • Drivers who use handheld devices while operating their vehicle are four times more likely to cause an accident serious enough to result in injuries to themselves (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)
  • 28 percent of all auto accidents are caused by people talking or texting while driving (NSC)
  • Nearly 80 percent of collisions are caused by some form driver inattention/distraction (Montana Office of Public Instruction)
  • A motorist talking on their cell phone while driving is 130 percent more likely to cause a wreck than an undistracted driver (Virginia Tech Transportation Institute)
  • A truck driver dialing a cellphone is 590 percent more likely to crash than an undistracted driver (Virginia Tech Transportation Institute)
  • A truck driver texting while driving is 2,320 times more likely to crash than an undistracted driver (Virginia Tech Transportation Institute)
  • The distracted caused by smoking while driving causes an average of 2,556 truck wrecks a year (FMCSA)

 

More Distracted Driving Statistics

Click the links below to read more statistics concerning distracted driving:

 

 

 

 

 

Other Articles You Might Be Interested In:

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Distractions In Everyday Driving in Fort Worth TX

Car Wrecks Caused by Smoking While Driving

Recovering Compensation For an Accident Caused by a Distracted Driver


Mark A. Anderson
Board Certified Personal Injury Lawyer in Fort Worth, Texas