Past Statistics on Texting & Cell Phone Use While Driving

Texting While Driving

Cell Phone Use & Texting While Driving: Statistics From 2011 and Earlier

At any given time during daylight hours, 660,000 drivers in the United States use cell phones. Whether it's texting, taking a phone call, or sending emails, cell phone use is associated with higher rates of dangerous or fatal car crashes. Accidents involving drivers using their cell phones are avoidable but many people put everyone's safety at risk by ignoring laws against distracted driving.

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2011 Cell Phone and Driving Statistics

at least 23% car accidents involve cell phone use
  • It's estimated that at least 23% of all car accidents each year involve cell phone use – that's 1.3 million crashes.
  • 3,331 people were killed and 387,000 were injured in accidents involving a distracted driver.
  • 10% of fatal car accidents were reported to involve driver distraction.
  • 17% of car accidents involving an injury were reported to involve driver distraction.
  • Nearly 70% of drivers 18 – 64 reported talking on a cell phone while driving.
  • About 30% of drivers 18 – 64 reported texting while driving.

2010 Cell Phone and Driving Statistics

  • 3,267 people were killed and 416,000 were injured in distracted driving accidents.
  • 5% of drivers used a hand-held device.
  • More female drivers used hand-held devices than male drivers.
  • Drivers ages 16 - 24 were most likely to use a hand-held cell phone.
  • More than 3/4 of drivers said they would likely answer calls while driving and rarely consider traffic situations when deciding to use a cell phone.
  • Most drivers said they would answer a call or text while driving but would feel unsafe as a passenger if the driver was texting.

2009 Cell Phone and Driving Statistics

  • 5,474 people were killed and 448,000 were injured in distracted driving accidents.
  • Of the 5,474 killed, 995 involved reports of cell phone use.
  • Of the 448,000 injured, 24,000 involved reports of cell phone use.
  • Drivers ages 15 - 19 had the highest percentage of distracted drivers – 16% of those involved in accidents were distracted.
  • Drivers ages 30 - 39 had the highest percentage of cell phone use in fatal crashes.
  • The percentage of fatalities linked to distracted drivers increased from 10% in 2005 to 16% in 2009.
  • People driving light trucks and motorcycles were most often distracted at the time of fatal accidents.
  • In 2009, the South had the highest percentage of cell phone use while driving at 6%. The Northeast came in at 4%.

Pennsylvania Cell Phone and Driving Statistics

Note: As of March 2012, texting and driving is illegal for all Pennsylvania drivers. Make sure you know Pennsylvania's texting law.

  • In 2008, there were 23,059 crashes involving drivers ages 16 - 19, resulting in 194 deaths. Driver distraction contributed to about 10% of the accidents.
  • There were 1,298 cell phone-related accidents in 2008. Of those accidents, 9 resulted in death.
  • From 2003 to 2006, car accidents linked to cell phone use lead to 50 deaths across the state.
  • Cell phone-related car accidents increased 43% in Western Pennsylvania from 2003 to 2006.
  • There were 5,715 car accidents linked to the use of hand-held devices from 2002 to 2006.
  • There were 367 accidents involving hands-free devices from 2002 to 2006.
  • In 2004 alone, hand-held cell phone use contributed to over 1,170 car accidents in Pennsylvania.
  • Accidents involving talking or texting on a cell phone rose from 168 in 2003 to 228 in 2005 in western Pennsylvania. That's a 36% increase.

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Injured in a Distracted Driving Accident? Call for a Free Legal Consultation

If you suffered an injury from an accident involving a distracted driver, we know you're feeling frustrated. There are laws against cell phone use while driving and you shouldn't have to pay for someone else's mistake.

We want to help you get the compensation you deserve. Our consultations are free and you won't be obligated to use our services.

Some statistics taken from:
"Driver Electronic Device Use in 2010." Traffic Safety Facts: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. December 2011.
"State lawmakers try to curb driver distractions." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. October 2007.
"Teen texting is OTT, even at wheel." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. July 2007.
"Bill would require motorists to unhand their phones." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 2006.
"PennDOT Teen Driver Safety Week News Release." Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. October 22, 2008.
"Cellphones and Driving." Insurance Information Institute. October 2008.
"AMA acts against trans fats, texting while driving." Washington Post. November 10, 2008.
"Teen Texting is OTT, Even at Wheel." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. July 17, 2007.
"Distractions Challenge Teen Drivers." USA Today. January 26, 2007.