How dangerous is distracted driving?

By Apr 23, 2018 Posted in Personal Injury

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Distracted Driving Is a Factor in 15% of injury crashes

Here are some facts and figures about distracted driving and crashes.

  • 10% of fatal crashes and 15% of injury crashes in 2015 were distraction-affected.
  • In 2015, there were 3,477 people killed and an estimated additional 391,000 injured in crashes involving distracted drivers.

Cell phone use causes as much impairment as driving drunk

  • People are as impaired when they drive and talk on a cell phone as they are when they drive intoxicated at the legal blood-alcohol limit of 0.08%.   
  • Cell phone users are 5.36 times more likely to get into an accident than undistracted drivers.

Texting while driving increases the risk of crashing by 23 times

  • Text messaging increases the risk of crash or near-crash by 23 times.  
  • Sending or reading a text message takes your eyes off the road for about 5 seconds, long enough to cover a football field while driving at 55 mph
  • Texting and driving is 6 times more likely to get you in an accident than drunk driving.
  • It takes an average of three seconds after a driver’s mind is taken off the road for any road accident to occur. Reading a text message while driving successfully distracts a driver for a minimum of five seconds each time.
  • The average speed in the US is about 55 mph. Taking five seconds to read a text in this time means that the driver travels the length of a football field without looking at the road.
  • When you text while driving, the time that you spend with your eyes off the road increases by about 4 times.
  • Every day, 11 teenagers die because they were texting while driving.
  • Ninety-four percent of teenagers understand the consequences of texting and driving, but 35 percent of them admitted that they do it anyway.


If you or a family member has been injured by a distracted driver, it is important to talk with an attorney experienced in handling distracted driving cases. The attorneys at Wham & Rogers have experience handling auto cases, including distracted driving cases.  Call Wham & Rogers, The Woodlands and Spring Personal Injury Attorneys at 832-592-1108.

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