Texting and driving accident statistics

Texting and driving accident statistics

Texting and driving statistics show that a texting driver is 23 times more likely to be in a crash. Texting and driving is also more dangerous than drinking and driving. The statistics show that even though 94% of drivers think it is “extremely dangerous,” more than one-third still will text and drive themselves.

Michigan does not provide specific texting and driving statistics, but the data does show that overall auto accidents involving cell phone use and driving increased approximately 48% between 2016 and 2019. Fatal cell-phone related crashes increased 87.5% over the same time period.

Specific texting and driving statistics for the entire U.S. are not available, but NHTSA reports that fatal crashes involving cell phone use increased nearly 9% between 2018 and 2019, whereas the number of people injured in cell phone-related auto accidents decreased 15%.

In 2019, 38.6% of drivers reported reading a text while driving and 29.3% of drivers reported typing a text while driving, yet more than 94% of all drivers viewed reading and/or typing text messages while driving “to be very or extremely dangerous,” according to the AAA-Foundation for Traffic Safety.

A majority of drivers in 2019 (86%) also supported laws against reading, typing, or sending a text or email while driving.

The texting and driving statistics show that texting drivers are 23 times more likely to be involved in an auto accident than non-texting drivers and that texting and driving is more dangerous than drinking and driving.

Research has shown that texting takes the average driver’s eyes off the road for approximately 4.6 seconds, which is the equivalent of that driver driving the entire distance of a football field including the end zones – blindfolded.

Michigan’s ban against texting drivers seeks to reduce distraction-related auto accidents and, thus, to improve the texting and driving statistics. Michigan law prohibits all drivers from using a handheld cell phone to text while they are driving. (MCL 257.602b(1))

Except for Missouri and Montana, the other 48 states along with D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands have laws banning drivers from texting and driving. Of those states and territories, only Florida, Nebraska, Ohio and South Dakota have secondary enforcement of their texting bans.

If you were injured in an accident caused by a texting driver and have questions about your legal rights to pain and suffering compensation, economic damages and No-Fault benefits, you can speak to an experienced auto accident lawyer at (800) 777-0028 for a free consultation. You can also get help from an experienced accident attorney by visiting our contact page or you can use the chat feature on our website.

(Source: Michigan Traffic Crash Facts, Fact Sheets, Cell Phone Use, 2019; NHTSA, Traffic Safety Facts – Research Note, “Distracted Driving 2019,” published April 2021; AAA-Foundation for Traffic Safety, “2019 Traffic Safety Culture Index,” published June 2020; Insurance Institute for Highway Safety; Governors Highway Safety Association)

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