Distracted driving crashes are those where distraction in vehicle, driver inattention, or cell phone or mobile use was cited as a contributing factor.
From 2017 through 2021, there were 12,417 fatal and suspected serious injury crashes attributed to distracted driving. These crashes resulted in 2,034 fatalities and 12,890 additional individuals with suspected serious injuries.
of fatalities were associated with a crash involving distracted driving
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Distracted Driving Fatalities and Serious Injuries (2017–2021)
Distracted Driving: Fatal and Suspected Serious Injury Crashes (2017-2021)
Distracted Driving: Fatal and Suspected Serious Injuries (2017-2021)
During the last five years (2017-2021), there were 12,417 fatal and serious injury crashes that involved distracted driving. These crashes resulted in 2,034 fatalities and 12,890 serious injuries.
Fatal and Serious Injury Roadway and Lane Departure Crashes
95% of Roadway & Lane Departure crashes were single-vehicle, run-off-the-road
68% occurred on a straight roadway section, 32% happened on a curved section
24% of the fatalities associated with distracted driving occurred at intersections
Proportion of Drivers in Fatal and Serious Crashes Involving Distraction Relative to the Proportion of the Population by Age and Gender
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Utilize data and information to communicate the dangers of distracted driving to teens, their parents, employers, public officials, and others.
Increase installation of engineering countermeasures known to reduce distracted driving.