How Dangerous Is Texting and Driving?

October 8, 2014

Although numerous studies have shown the dangers of distracted driving, many drivers continue to do so. As a result, 3,300 people die each year in distracted-related crashes in the United States. The most popular form of distracted driving is texting, but as Studio @ Gawker shows us, there are many other activities where you have a greater chance of survival.

Are You More Likely to Die from a Distracted-Related Crash or a Shark Attack?   

According to Discovery, from 1990 to 2006, 12 people were killed in a shark attack in the United States. In other words, the chances of being attacked and killed by a shark are one in 11.5 million.

Your risk of death from a distracted driving crash is one in 63,401 drivers. As you can see, swimming with the sharks might be the safer option instead of driving on the roadways with people who are texting.

Studio @ Gawker compared the rates of deaths from other activities:

  • One in 1.6 million—the risk of death from skiing
  • One in 200,000—the risk of death from scuba diving
  • One in 182,184—the risk of death from playing football
  • One in 101,083—the risk of death from skydiving

Although only 70 percent of people wear their helmets while skiing, the risk of death is still less than traveling on the road with distracted drivers.

These statistics could not be clearer: distracted driving is deadly. If you or a loved one has fallen victim to the reckless or negligent actions of a distracted driver, contact a knowledgeable law firm about your case options.      


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