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Wrongful Death Attorneys Know the Dangers of Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is one of major causes of motor vehicle accidents in the United States. According to data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 431,000 people were injured and 3,179 killed in motor vehicle accidents involving distracted drivers in 2014. That’s nearly 10% of all people killed in all motor vehicle crashes that year.

Here are the distracted driving fatality statistics obtained from various sources, including NHTSA,  distraction.gov, CDC and distracteddriveraccidents.com. All data are from 2014, the last year for which complete data are available.

Number of Distracted Driving Crashes, Fatalities and Injuries

  • Number of motor vehicle crashes: 966,955 (16% of all motor vehicle crashes)
  • Number of fatal motor vehicle crashes: 2,955 (10% of all motor vehicle crashes)
  • Number of crashes resulting in injuries: 297,000 (18% of all motor vehicle crashes)
  • Number of crashes resulting in property damages: 667,000 (15% of all motor vehicle crashes)
  • Number of people killed: 3,179 (10% of all people killed in all motor vehicle crashes)
  • Number of people injured: 431,000 (18% of all people killed in all motor vehicle crashes)

Distracted Driver Fatalities by Age Group

  • The age group with the highest distracted driver fatalities was 20-29 with 859 killed (8% of all fatal motor vehicle accident victims in this age group)
  • Other age groups with distracted driver fatalities were 30-39 with 500 killed (7%), 50-59 with 404 killed (6%), and 40-49 with 391 killed (6%).

Distracted Driving Fatalities by People Type

  • Number of distracted driving fatalities: 3,179 (10% of all people killed in all motor vehicle crashes)
  • Number of drivers killed: 1,944 (61% of all distracted driving fatalities)
  • Number of passengers killed: 715 (22%)
  • Number of pedestrians killed: 420 (13%)
  • Number cyclists killed: 70 (2%)
  • Number of other people killed: 30 (1%)

Fatalities and Injuries Caused by Cellphone Use While Driving

  • Number of crashes caused by drivers texting at the wheel: Over 330,000 (34% of all motor vehicle crashes caused by distracted drivers)
  • Number of fatal crashes: 385 (13% of all distracted driving fatal crashes)
  • Number of crashes causing injuries: 22,000 (8%)
  • Number of crashes causing property damages: 46,000 (7%)
  • Number of people injured: 33,000 (8% of all distracted driving injuries)
  • The age group with the highest fatalities while using cellphone was 20-29 with 154 killed (18% of all distracted drivers who were killed)
  • Other age groups with high fatalities while using cellphone were 30-39 with 75 killed (15% of all distracted drivers of this age group who were killed), 15-19 with 53 killed (19% of all distracted drivers of this age group who were killed) and 40-49 with 48 killed (12% of all distracted drivers of this age group who were killed).

Cellphone Use While Driving

  • In a research done by CDC, 69 percent of drivers of ages 18-64 admitted to talking on their cellphone while driving and 31 percent of drivers of ages 18-64 admitted to reading or sending a text message or email while driving.
  • Texting at the wheel is 6 times more likely to cause an accident than driving when drunk.
  • It takes a minimum of 5 seconds to read a text message while it takes on average only 3 seconds after a driver’s eyes are taken off the road for an accident to occur.
  • The average speed at which people in the United States drive is 55 mph. In the 5 seconds that it takes to read a text message, the car covers the length of a football field.
  • 95 percent of teenagers understand the perils of texting while driving, but 35 percent of them do it any way.
  • 82 percent of American teenager own a cellphone and 52 percent of them talk and 32 percent text while driving.
  • The percentage of drivers who text-message or manipulate a handheld device while driving increased from 1.7 percent in 2013 to 2.2 percent in 2014.

Have you lost a loved a loved one in a motor vehicle accident? If the accident was caused by a distracted driver, they you can make a wrongful death claim based on negligence. Consult with experienced wrongful death attorneys to find out how much you can claim.