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Data Doesn’t Lie – Distracted Driving Statistics

Summary of US Distracted Driving Statistics 2015:

Distracted Driving Statistics on Property Damage
Distracted Driving Statistics of Collisions
Distracted Driving Statistics of Injuries
Distracted Driving Statistics of Deaths

Specifically Texting and Driving Statistics

Texting and driving is one form of distraction and makes up a sub-set of the total number of collisions due to distracted driving. According to Distraction.gov, texting is one of the worst forms of distraction, since it requires visual, cognitive, and physical effort from the driver.

Historically, cell phone distractions have been an issue since they became mainstream. As texting became more popular with larger smart phone screens, group texting, and predictive typing (sometimes a larger distraction as people try to correct typos), it’s impact as a distraction has also grown.

Other forms of driver distraction include:

  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking with passengers
  • Using a navigation system
  • Talking on the phone
  • Adjusting the radio
Other distracted driving activities

Texting and Driving Statistics from 2013 and Beyond

One of the most cited years for texting and driving statistics was from 2013. The NHTSA has released a few reports on distracted driving as a whole, including total crashes and those due to cell phone distractions. We wanted to see the statistics over time, so we’ve compiled this complete set of statistics to give the industry a more complete view and see if there are some general trends.

Total Collision Statistics

Property Damage Only3,847,0003,778,0003,950,0004,066,0004,387,000--
Total Crashes5,419,0005,338,0005,615,0005,687,0006,065,000--

Distracted Driving Statistics

Property Damage Only618,000563,000619,000616,000667,000--
% of Total Crashes17%15%16%16%16%--

Texting and Driving Statistics

*Property Damage Only30,00035,00039,00047,00046,000--

Read the full report from NHTSA.

Texting and driving Deaths Per Year

As you can see, texting and driving kills hundreds of people every year in the US. Looking at these numbers over time, the trend does not seem to be going down. In fact, in recent years, the number has seen a jump. We’ll continue to monitor the statistics of texting and driving, but it’s clear that there’s a problem today and it’s not going away.

Total Cost of Collisions in the US by State

Cost of car crashes by state
Source: CDC.gov
Cost of car crashes color legend

Teen Texting and Driving Statistics

Statistics of teens texting and driving

Teenage drivers are the most prone to distracted driving. Not only are they inexperienced, but the youngest generation also tends to adopt the newest technology. The data in the table below shows the 20-29 age group having the highest total number of fatal collisions. However, when considering that the 15-19 age bracket contains a smaller number of people and they drive much less than the 20-29 age group, you start to see the trend is with young drivers in general (16-25).

Drivers Involved in Fatal Crashes by Age from 2014

Age GroupTotal Drivers% of Total Drivers# Distracted Drivers% of Total% of Distracted Drivers# Distracted with Cell Phones% of Distracted Drivers% of Cell Phone Drivers

Distracted Driving Crashes by Age

The following comparison of distracted driving crashes by age illustrates an alarming trend. The youngest drivers between the ages of 16-25 are the most at risk for distraction-related crashes.
distracted driving statistics crashes by age

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