Texting and Driving Kills

Texting and Driving Lawsuit

Distracted driving is a dangerous driving behavior. Between 2012 and 2020, more than 29,000 people have died in crashes related to driver distraction. In 2020 alone, 3,142 people died and 324,652 were injured. While we hear catch phrases centered around texting and driving (‘Arrive alive, don’t text and drive.’), distracted driving involves many activities that fall in three types, visual, manual and cognitive.

What is Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving is any activity that takes your attention away from driving. This includes things such as eating, drinking, changing the radio station, applying make-up, brushing your hair, talking to others in the car, along with texting, emailing and talking on the phone.

The Center for Disease Control defines three types of distractions:

  • Visual, where you take your eyes off the road
  • Manual, where you take your hands off the wheel
  • Cognitive, where your mind is not on your driving

Texting while driving involves all three types of distractions — visual, manual, and cognitive — making it an extremely dangerous driving behavior.

Five Seconds to Text Can be Deadly

The average text message takes about five seconds to respond to. If you are driving, that means five seconds when your eyes are off the road, five seconds when your hand or hands are off the wheel and five seconds when your mind is not thinking about driving.

No Texting and Driving distracted driving dangerous driving behavior driver distraction visual manual and cognitiveIn those five seconds, your car (traveling at an average speed of 55 mph) can go the length of a football field.

Those five seconds — taken to simply respond to a text message — can lead to catastrophic results such as brain injuries, broken backs and other fractures, internal injuries, disfigurement, paralysis, and fatalities to both the texter as well as other drivers, passengers, motorcyclists, and pedestrians.

Texting and Driving Among Teens

It is especially important for young drivers to be educated. They are in the process of developing their driving skills and oftentimes may think they are immune to such negligent behavior. Young drivers may be more connected to technology but less able to respond to risks on the road.

In 2020 (Teen Distracted Driver Data from NHTSA):

  • 265 people died in crashes that involved distracted teen drivers 15 to 19.
  • 186 teens 15 to 19 were killed in distraction-affected crashes.
  • 239 distracted teen drivers 15 to 19 were involved in fatal crashes.

According to the CDC, some groups are more at risk for distracted driving, such as young adult and teen drivers.

  • Among fatal crashes involving distracted drivers in the U.S. in 2019, a higher percentage of drivers ages 15-20 were distracted than drivers age 21 and older.
  • Among drivers age 15-20 involved in fatal crashes, 9% were distracted at the time of the crash.


If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident in which you suffered serious injuries due to another’s negligence, having an attorney who is your advocate can offer you peace of mind during your recovery. Call Nash & Franciskato at (877) 284-6600. We have a successful track record of helping accident victims collect the compensation they deserve.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published October 21, 2015. It was reviewed on April 2, 2023, updated for content and accuracy and re-published.

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