Alarming Statistics For Teen Drivers Who Text
The statistics that highlight the risks of texting while operating a vehicle are alarming for parents and teenagers throughout the United States. Each day, close to 660,000 drivers use their smart phone devices while driving a car or truck.
The explosion in popularity and use of smart phone devices allows people to stay more connected to their peers than ever before. Although this presents a world of opportunities from a social perspective, it also poses significant safety hazards when drivers attempt to check or use their smart phone devices while driving.
Car accidents associated with or caused by smart phone distractions continue to increase each year at an alarming rate. Please consider the following information that speaks to the potential risks of driving while texting and may help you understand why it’s important to avoid such distractions.
Texting and Driving Statistics
The National Safety Council provides a variety of meaningful statistics that highlight the impact texting and smart phone devices have on drivers throughout the country:
- Smart phone devices cause over 1.5 million car accidents per year.
- Close to 400,000 people are sustain mild to severe injuries as a result of texting and driving.
- Approximately 25 percent of all car accidents in the United States are caused by texting and driving.
- Responding to a text message consumes five seconds of your attention. If you are traveling the average speed limit of 55 miles per hour, five seconds is enough time to cover an entire football field.
- Driving while texting on a smart phone device is six times more likely to lead to a car accident than operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.
- Considering all of the communication channels that exist within smart phone devices (e-mail, phone calls, social app messaging), texting presents the greatest safety hazards.
- Almost all Americans support a ban on texting while operating a vehicle, although 85 percent of Americans admit to performing the act at least once in the last 30 days.
Smart Phone Use and Teen Driver Statistics
- AAA reports that approximately 95 percent of teen drivers understand the safety risks associated with texting and driving, although 40 percent admit to doing it on a regular basis.
- 20 percent of teenage drivers involved in severe to fatal car accidents were using a smart phone device at the time of impact.
- Teenagers are 40 percent more likely to get into a car accident when using a smart phone device than adults.
Contact Fast Help For More Information and Support
If you are the parent of a teen driver and are interested in learning more information about the dangers of texting and driving or your teen was recently involved in an accident, contact the team at Fast Help.
Our experienced Atlanta personal injury attorneys can help you articulate the potential risks of using a smart phone device while driving to your children or provide legal support if they are involved in a collision.
Call (404) 592-0318 to speak with one of our legal representatives 24 hours a day, seven days a week.