Calling and texting while driving kills about 5,000 people annually in the US [Study]

Today almost everyone has a mobile phone and most of them just can’t live without them and are just stuck to their handsets, texting and calling all the time. Well, according to a study texting and talking on cell phones while driving kills more than 5,000 people every year on US highways in which most of them include teenage drivers.


A study which was done in 2009 revealed that texting increased the risk of a crash by 23 times compared with non-distracted driving.

Environmental researcher Uvid Hosansky, said that “Texting drivers took their eyes off the road for each text an average of 4.6 seconds, which at 55 mph means they were driving the length of a football field without looking. Experts say that talking on a cell phone while driving is far more distracting than talking with an adult passenger because it consumes additional cognitive resources, including creating a mental picture of the person on the other end of the conversation”

About 16% of all drivers younger than 20 years involved in fatal crashes are believed to be distracted  by texting and mobile phone use says the National Highway Traffic Safety ­Administration, US.

With a country like the US having such high number of fatalities due to mobile phone usage while driving, we can just imagine how many crashes occur in India. We advise you to not use your mobile phones while driving, if it is very urgent, stop your vehicle and then respond to your calls/texts.