Every state has different cell phone usage laws, which correlate with distracted driving rates. After all, if you’re legally allowed to text and drive, what’s the big deal? Put simply, death and injuries.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)1, in 2020, 8 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities involved distracted driving. In the U.S., 3,142 people were killed while driving distracted. Although looking down at your phone for three seconds may not seem like a big deal, the truth is that collisions take less than three seconds to occur and the consequences can be permanent.
Aside from the risk you face of injury or death, distracted driving can also cause higher car insurance costs, fines, points, tickets, or a suspension of your license or registration. Worse, if you kill someone while driving distracted, you could face manslaughter charges and imprisonment.2