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Distracted Driving Deaths Fell in the U.S. in 2020

August 08, 2022

According to an online news report published on, the latest figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported in 2020 that more than 3,000 people were tragically killed in vehicle accidents caused by distracted drivers.

Distracted driving comes in many different forms, as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For example, distracted driving includes, but is not limited to, looking for things in the car, eating, reading,  reaching for objects inside the motor vehicle, applying makeup, reading, text messaging, watching videos, and eating. In other words, any actions that cause the driver of a motor vehicle to not pay attention to the road ahead is distracted driving. Some accidents are caused by interacting with passengers. 

In the five years between 2015 and 2020, the total number of distracted driving accidents with injuries in the United States increased from 265,000 to 295,000 per year. According to statistics quoted in the article, men are twice as likely as women to be involved in a deadly distracted driving collision. According to 2015 accident statistics, male drivers were driving distracted and caused 2,125 fatal accidents in 2020, while female drivers were driving distracted in 781 fatal accidents during the same time. 

New Mexico has the highest number of distracted driving deaths, with 10 deaths for every 100,000 drivers, and 38 percent of all fatal accidents in New Mexico were caused by distracted driving. The following states also have very high numbers of fatal distracted driving accidents, Hawaii, Louisiana, Kentucky, Wyoming, Illinois, Washington, Virginia, and New Jersey. States like Arkansas, Mississippi, Nevada, California, West Virginia, Connecticut, Iowa, Rhode Island, Georgia, Arkansas, and Delaware have the fewest distracted driving deaths every year. 

The article also states that about eight percent of accidents with injuries are caused by cellphone use. and 13 percent of fatal accidents were caused by a driver who was using a cellphone. A driver using a mobile phone doubles their risk of an accident. This is due to the way our brains operate. Texting increases the accident risk by up to six times. It takes only six seconds to read and reply to a text message. However, the amount of road that passes by during a text message is 360 feet if you are driving at 55 MPH.

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