NSC Says Cell Phones Involved in 27 Percent of All Car Crashes

This estimate has increased annually for the third straight year, according to the council.

The National Safety Council has estimated that cell phone-related crashes have increased for the third consecutive year and now account for 27 percent of all crashes. This estimate includes crashes involving drivers who are texting or talking on handheld or hands-free cell phones.

More specifically, NSC estimates that texting-related crashes jumped from 5 percent to 6 percent, while crashes involving drivers talking on cell phones remained at 21 percent.

"The incredible connectivity enabled by technology has resulted in a very dangerous environment behind the wheel," said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. "While the public understands the risks associated with distracted driving, the data shows the behavior continues. We need better education, laws and enforcement to make our roads safer for everyone."

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