According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving is a serious problem in the United States. In 2015, 3,477 people were killed, and 391,000 were injured in crashes involving distracted drivers. An NHTSA’s study of distracted driving found that distracted driving is most common among young drivers; drivers ages 15-19 are three times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash while distracted than drivers over the age of 20. Additionally, cell phone use is the most common type of distraction for drivers. The use of cell phones while driving quadruples the risk of being in a crash.
Texting while driving is the most dangerous form of distracted driving. Sending or reading a text message takes one’s eyes off the road for an average of five seconds.