The results are in! And guess what? Texting while driving is still leading to car accidents.
Everyone knows how dangerous it is, yet people do it continuously, and therefore, it continues to be a stubborn epidemic that refuses to go away — especially among teenagers. It’s difficult to fathom how often it happens considering the extreme consequences: Not only can it cost you your vehicle or license.. it can also cost a life.
Take a look at these eleven staggering facts about teenagers texting while driving, courtesy of ABS Auto Glass, the windshield replacement professionals serving Mercer County, NJ, and beyond.
1. Approximately 660,000 drivers use their phones when driving during the day, increasing the potential for both crashes and fatalities.
2. On average, reading or sending a text causes drivers to take their eyes off the road for five seconds. If you’re driving 55 miles per hour, you travel about the length of a football field in that time.
3. According to the National Safety Council, using a cell phone while driving results in 1.6 million crashes every year.
4. Texting while driving is six times more likely to result in an accident than driving under the influence of alcohol.
5. One out of every four crashes that occur in the U.S. are caused by cell phone use.
6. 11 teenagers die as a result of texting and driving, every day.
7. About 28% of car crashes are attributed to a driver being distracted or not paying attention.
8. Distracted driving makes up approximately 25% of all motor vehicle crash fatalities.
9. According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, nine people in the U.S. are killed from crashes involving a distracted driver, every day.
10. After a driver’s attention has been diverted from the road, it only takes 3 seconds for a crash to occur.
11. Car accidents are the number one killer of teens in the country.
The facts speak for themselves; don’t take the risk. If you’re involved in an accident, we hope a broken windshield is the worst thing that happens. If you need a windshield replacement in Burlington County, NJ, or another nearby area, contact our team today!