Statistics on texting and driving support the commonly held notion that texting is one of the leading causes of car accidents in recent years.
Many states have begun to outlaw the use of cellphones while driving altogether but even if certain states continue to permit the use of cell phones while driving for actual phone calls, there is no doubt that texting should be prohibited.
Personally, I’m not a big fans of more laws – we already have more laws than a single human being can possibly remember, but it seems that people just don’t understand how dangerous texting and driving is so legislation is our only option.
Fortunately, an infographic (posted below) was recently published by CarInsurance.org that provides us with all the statistics and evidence that we need to realize that texting and driving is a horrible idea!
Text and Driving Statistics 2012 Infographic Highlights:
- At 55 mph, your car travels the length of a football field in 5 seconds.
- You are 23 times more likely to get into an accident while texting.
- Texting while driving delays a drivers reaction time as much as having a BAC level at the legal limit.
- 18% of fatalities from distraction-related accidents are caused by cell phones.
- 30% of teens text while driving.
- 55% of young adult drivers say that it is easy to text while driving and still pay attention.
- According to a car and driver study, driver’s reaction time while reading and sending texts was way worse than while impaired with alcohol.
- 37 of 50 states have already banned texting while driving.