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The NHTSA Releases the Latest Texting and Driving Statistics


August 31, 2021

The National Highway Transportation Administration estimates that approximately 400 fatal accidents are caused by texting and driving.  The NHTSA also estimates that around 660,000 drivers are driving and using their cell phones at any moment and on any given day.  

Young drivers have fewer years of driving experience, and they are often lured into using their cell phones while driving.  This inexperience has lead to more severe accidents and more accident-related fatalities in this age group than any other group. Texting while operating a vehicle is driving as if the driver had consumed four beers in one hour.

Texting and driving causes approximately 400 fatal accidents to occur every year.  According to the NHTSA, the number of fatal accidents increases to more than 30,000 when including all forms of distracted driving.  While the number of texting and driving accidents have been decreasing, the overall number of fatal accident due to distracted driving is increasing.

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Sources:

https://www.bankrate.com/insurance/car/texting-and-driving-statistics/

Category: Auto Accidents

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