More Miles Driven:
Americans drove 3.22 trillion miles in 2016, a record high.
Deadly crashes spiked 7.2 percent from 2014 to 2015. In 2015, distracted driving claimed 3,477 lives and injured 391,000 people.
19 percent of the time, drivers are distracted by a phone. About 660,000 drivers use an electronic device while driving. Texting and driving increases the chance of being involved in a collision by 23 times.
Distracted driving accounts for:
- More than $10 billion in property damage.
- More than 1.5 million collisions in the U.S., resulting in more than 300,000 injuries and more than 3,000 fatalities.
- On average, 9 Americans die every day from distracted driving.
More Expensive Car Tech:
More people own new cars with advanced safety features designed to protect drivers, passengers and pedestrians.
These safety features add mightily to repair costs, even for a minor accident. For instance, the cost of a windshield/headlight repair jumped 63 percent from 2013 to 2017 for one car model.
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Sources: Federal Highway Administration, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, TrueMotion, APBfoundation.com.