Smartphones: The Distraction Is Killing Us
The advent of the smartphone has brought with it a deluge of texting and other distractive behavior while driving a vehicle. Distraction is not confined to the young and restless – we see people of all ages, genders and backgrounds using phones when they should be driving.
Some startling figures:
- At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving.
- 10 percent of fatal crashes, 18 percent of injury crashes and 16 percent of all police-reported motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2014 were reported as distraction-affected crashes.
- In 2014, 3,179 people were killed and an estimated 431,000 injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.
- Each day in the United States, at least nine people are killed and more than 1000 injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver.
These numbers are most likely higher as drivers involved in accidents may be reluctant to admit to driving distracted.