Texting While Driving is Causing Auto Accidents to Increase by Epic Proportions!
According to "Bloomberg", State Farm Insurance Company reported a $7 Billion loss from its auto insurance nationwide last year. It listed the growing trend in auto losses is largely due to distracted drivers using smartphones. State Farm is not alone. Most, if not all major auto insurers, are indicating significant auto losses. Recently, Warren Buffett, who is the chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, who owns Geico, stated that auto insurance industry losses have been increasing at an unexpected rate. Unfortunately, these results will result in rate increases that will affect everyone.
The old saying "Please don't drink and drive" is still very true. We can now add, "Please don't text and drive". It may save someone's life, including your own.
Texting while driving statistics:
• The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year.
• Nearly 330,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving.
• 1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving.
• Texting while driving is 6x more likely to cause an accident than driving while drunk.
• Answering a text takes your attention for about five seconds. Traveling at 55 mph, that's enough time to travel the length of a football field.
• Of all cell phone related tasks, texting is by far the most dangerous activity.
• 94% of drivers support a ban on texting while driving.
• 74% of drivers support a ban on hand-held cell phone use.
• 11 teens die every day as a result of texting while driving.
• According to an AAA poll, 94% of teen drivers acknowledge the dangers of text and driving, but 35% admitted to doing it anyway.
• 21% of teen drivers involved in fatal accidents were distracted by their cell phones.
• Teen drivers are 4x more likely than adults to get into car crashes or near-crashes when talking or texting on a cell phone.
• A teen driver with only one additional passenger doubles the risk of getting into a fatal car accident. With two or more passengers, they are 5x as likely.