Distracted Driving Statistics

  • Reaching for an item other than a cell phone (increased crash risk by nine times)
  • Texting (increased risk by six times)
  • Browsing a phone or reading email (increased risk by three times)
  • A driver can safely shift their view from the road for 2 seconds while operating a motor vehicle. On average, to read or write a text takes 5 seconds. In that time traveling 60 mph, the vehicle has covered 440 feet or about 11/2 football fields.
  • Reaching for a cell phone (increased risk by five times)
  • 341,000 motor vehicle crashes in 2013 that involved texting.
  • 40 % of teens say they have been a passenger in a car whose driver used a cellphone in a way that put them in danger.
  • 1 in 4 motor vehicle crashes involve a cellphone
  • 9 Americans killed every day from motor vehicle accidents that involved distracted driving, such as using a cellphone, texting or eating.



Annual United States Road Crash Statistics

  • Over 37,000 people die in road crashes each year
  • An additional 2.35 million are injured or disabled
  • Over 1,600 children under 15 years of age die each year
  • Nearly 8,000 people are killed in crashes involving drivers ages 16-20
  • Road crashes cost the U.S. $230.6 billion per year, or an average of $820 per person
  • Road crashes are the single greatest annual cause of death of healthy U.S. citizens traveling abroad