There is no doubt about the fact that texting while driving is extremely dangerous to the driver and other road users. In the year 2015 alone, more than 146,000 deaths were linked to texting and driving in the United States of America. The following frightening facts also indicate how dangerous texting and driving could get;
Texting and driving is deadlier than driving under the influence of drugs
You are 6 times more likely to die in a car accident than those who drive while driving under the influence of alcohol. Please contact a car accident attorney if you have become a victim of an accident caused by a negligent driver.
The maximum time you can look away from the road increases from 2 to 5 seconds
The average amount of time a driver spends in typing a text is 5 seconds, and when you drive at 55mph, 5 seconds is higher than the maximum amount of 2 seconds that you can spend to look away from the road.
11 teenagers die daily on average due to texting and driving
Teenagers are believed to be up to 400% likely to be involved in a car accident when they text and drive. An AT&T survey revealed that 43% of teenagers believed they can’t get involved in accidents when they text and drive.
Distracted drivers are 8 times more likely to be involved in a collision
According to the National Safety Council, distracted drivers texting while driving are 8 times more likely to be involved in a direct collision than non-distracted drivers.
64% of all accidents caused by using smartphones behind the wheels
According to established reports, roughly 64% or 1.6 million accidents caused in the United States each year are linked to the usage of smartphones while driving.
Pedestrians are more likely to die from text-driving than the car driver
In the year 2014 alone, more than 520 pedestrians were killed, by distracted drivers in the United States who were found texting on their smartphones.
More than 420,000 people are injured each year from distracted drivers
In the United States, an average of 421,000 people, are injured each year as a result of distractions caused by the use of Cellphones while driving.
More teens have been inside a car with drivers using smartphones
More than 40% of teenagers in the US confirmed they have been inside a car when the driver used his or her smartphone for a few seconds without looking on the road.
9 in every 10 teens will reply texts within 5 minutes while driving
Cellphone addiction is believed to force many teens to respond to texts within 5 minutes and that put them under undue pressure while driving.
Teens spend 10% of the driving time outside of their lanes when text-driving
Researches have shown that most teens will spend more than 10% of the driving time outside of their lanes when texting and driving.
It pays to exercise self-control when driving on the road, hence you must make use of hands-free devices or ignore replying a text until you reach your destination. Securing the services of a car accident attorney is equally important when you become a victim of an accident caused by a negligent act.