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Five Alarming Distracted Driving Statistics Every Driver Should Know

Every time you get in your vehicle and head down Interstate 84 or any other roadways in Idaho, you face a risk of being struck by a distracted driver. Cell phone use is the most frequent culprit behind distracted driving accidents. Whether the cause was talking on the phone, sending a text message, or reading an email, another driver’s use of a cell phone could leave you in the hospital with severe injuries. Unfortunately, distracted driving is not a small and isolated problem. It has become a true epidemic on all of America’s roads.

Distracted Driving: Just How Common Is it?

Unfortunately, distracted driving occurs every day, putting all of us at risk of injury—even death. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports the following statistics:

  1. Most teenagers and young people admit to having sent or composed a text message while driving. The statistic is frightening: around 71 percent admit to this dangerous behavior. 
  2. Reading a text message while behind the wheel is just as common and dangerous as sending one. Approximately 78 percent of all teens and young people admit to reading texts while driving.
  3. At any given moment throughout the United States, approximately 660,000 drivers are using their cell phones or other electronic devices while behind the wheel. Despite aggressive campaigns aimed at reducing this figure, it has held steady since 2010.
  4. Texting while driving is a frequent occurrence between teens and their parents. One quarter of all teens admit to responding to texts while behind the wheel at least once every time they drive. Another 20 percent of teens, and 10 percent of parents, admit to having extended multi-message text conversations while driving.
  5. The number of injuries caused by distracted driving continues to climb. An estimated 421,000 people were injured in car crashes involving a distracted driver in 2012, which is a nine percent increase from 2011.


Clearly, this is a widespread issue that drivers must be wary of when they drive in Boise. If you or a loved one was injured in a crash caused by a distracted driver, you also may be entitled to compensation for your damages. To learn more about how we have helped many injured victims obtain the compensation that they deserve, we invite you to read their firsthand client testimonials today.

Alan Morton
Advocate for Justice/Trial Lawyer