Distracted Driving Statistics

Did you know that 80 percent of automobile accidents are tied to distraction? And distraction means more than texting or using a cell phone while driving. Think of a visual distraction as doing something with your eyes closed. You would not make a turn or change lanes with your eyes closed. Yet, distracted drivers are, in effect, doing just that.

Imagine driving the length of a football field at 55 mph with your eyes closed. That is the equivalent of texting while driving. Because texting takes our attention away for an average of 4.6 seconds, a driver is 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash.

Consider that distracted drivers also are:

  • Nine times more likely to have an accident if reaching for a dropped water bottle or another item while driving.
  • Four times more likely to be in an accident if reading while driving.
  • Three times more likely to have an accident if performing personal grooming while driving.
  • Almost twice as likely to have an accident if eating while driving.

Distracted driving statistics like these should alert all drivers to stay focused, with eyes and attention where they should be⁠—on the road. Find more information at distraction.gov on what is distracting your driving.