Texting While Driving Statistics Infographic

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This infographic covers a hot topic, texting while driving. As mobile phones have become an everyday accessory (and practical necessity), their capabilities have gone beyond calling to allow for texting, emailing and internet surfing. Have you ever sat at a stoplight and counted the number of drivers who are talking on the phone?

Now imagine how many are taking their eyes off the road to text – and how many of them are inexperienced teen drivers. The statistics show that texting is more dangerous than talking on the phone, speeding and even drunk driving, as the infographic illustrates. Yet so many people text while driving and assume it isn’t as dangerous.


Laws are coming up faster than a police cruiser in the rear view mirror to stop texting behind the wheel and it is a good thing; we can’t sit by idly while careless drivers continue to cause car accidents because they couldn’t put down their mobile phones. Play it safe and put the mobile phone down while driving, or you may need a good traffic attorney, a doctor or a hearse. Infographic designed by Big Oak Studios

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40 Comments on “Texting While Driving Statistics Infographic”

  1. 1 single moms said at 2:16 pm on February 12th, 2010:

    In my opinion texting is worse than drunk driving cause at least when your drunk you have your eyes on the road.

  2. 2 Hillbillymafia said at 3:56 pm on February 15th, 2010:

    i think that all people that text and drive are stupid!

  3. 3 Naomi B. Robbins said at 4:26 pm on March 30th, 2010:

    Please read


    and take the AT&T pledge


  4. 4 Victoria Summer said at 5:02 pm on July 19th, 2010:

    What is this going to do, honestly? Yay its great and it shows how important it is to not text and drive but are you conecting to the other auidence…teenagers? Most teens dont google this kind of stuff and share it with friends. People need to find other ways to share this info. As a teen myself, I always payed attention to the class discussion of drinking and driving, but when they brought in a man who killed two girls while drunk in a car everything changed for me. It was emiotinal, this is just another graph like all the other ones out there.

  5. 5 Nick Fall said at 3:27 pm on July 29th, 2010:

    I totally agree with the above comment! Rock On!

  6. 6 Zach Marino said at 7:08 pm on July 29th, 2010:

    I completely agree that we need to challenge everybody, students and adults a like to stop texting and driving. Let’s not just say “no” but rather give them another alternative approach.

    Here’s my: “Texting 4 Life.” With this approach you understand that by texting after you get driving, you are stating human life is way more important than any “lol” text message!

    It takes discipline and it helps when you other people are being dedicated to this!

    I started a Facebook Group called “Texting 4 Life.” Check it out and join if you want to join 130+ other people in valuing human life over any “lol” message:)


  7. 7 seth eddward ray roberts said at 12:25 pm on September 13th, 2010:

    texting while driving is stupid

  8. 8 Stephen Dave said at 11:16 am on September 29th, 2010:

    Texting while driving is becoming a serious problem. On any given day I have seen numerous people texting while they are driving. You would think with all of these smart phones we could develop a way to prevent this.

  9. 9 Kirstina Marie said at 12:25 pm on October 16th, 2010:

    I’m a student at Vista High School..i’m 16 and I don’t drive yet, but I am smart enough to know that texting/talking on a cell phone while driving is totally unsafe.Most people don’t know that 28% of traffic accidents occur when people talk or text while they are behind the wheel. The vast majority of those crashes, 1.4 million anually are caused by teens. Texting and driving is probably the most stupid thing you could do, so whoever is reading this…please think about it..mobile devices have became more popular over the past 2 decades and the percentage of accidents have gone way up and most accident are caused because of cell phone distraction and this leads to driver inattention.

  10. 10 kayla hook said at 12:11 pm on November 3rd, 2010:

    i totally agreebecause i have friends that text while they are driving and they start to swurve. texting has become a serious and deadly problem.

  11. 11 Deanna Howes said at 8:18 pm on November 10th, 2010:

    I agree that texting while driving is worse than drunk driving. I agree with Single moms comment at the top “In my opinion texting is worse than drunk driving cause at least when your drunk you have your eyes on the road.” That is definetly true but both are stupid and people don’t need to do either. How likely is it that anyone can stop these people? I don’t know but I sure as hell want to try. We need texting and driving laws in EVERY state. My mom texts and talks on the phone while driving and I tell her not to and she is like “its only one message.” One message is all you need to take your life or an innocent person passing by. PEOPLE DON’T TEXT AND DRIVE, IT’S NOT WORTH IT.

  12. 12 Jigga J said at 10:46 am on November 17th, 2010:

    Comment Number 4 is speaking with all honesty, just because we can all the numbers and all the graphs doesn’t mean we as teenagers are going to stop. Yes I know how stupid of us to be hard headed but that is just how it is. The Britsh PSA about textin and driving was so graphic, I think America should show that one or at make one of our own becaue until it literally effects your life nothing is going to change.

  13. 13 Alyssa said at 10:42 pm on December 14th, 2010:


    Please don’t let this be you…

  14. 14 Towing Girl said at 2:45 pm on January 5th, 2011:

    I completely agree with Vicotria Summer. I’m from England and the Government make some horrific tv ads about drink driving and smoking etc. I haven’t lived there in 5 years so I imagine there must be ones about text and driving. Until you actually can see the damage it will do you can never really understand the weight behind it. People really shouldn’t text whilst driving… You’re not even looking at the road… that’s scary.

  15. 15 fin said at 4:13 pm on January 5th, 2011:

    It amazes me how many people fail to appreciate that driving is the most dangerous thing most of us do in our day to day lives. It requires total concentration. To put lives at risk just to respond to a, usually irrelevant, text is utterly chilling.

  16. 16 Purplekittymanpickle123123 said at 10:15 am on February 2nd, 2011:

    I <3 texting while driving

  17. 17 Lindsay said at 11:02 am on February 11th, 2011:

    people will not understand the risks of texting and driving untill something like that happens to them or someone they love. texting and driving is terrible.

  18. 18 Tinkerbell said at 8:58 pm on February 14th, 2011:

    Why do people text while they are driving if they know that they will cause an accident or that it is veryyyy dangerous?

  19. 19 molly the provider said at 8:42 pm on February 27th, 2011:

    i agree tht texting and driving are very dangerous and thank you for helping me learn how dangerous it really is. :)

  20. 20 lee said at 6:05 pm on March 7th, 2011:


  21. 21 Nobody said at 1:10 pm on March 11th, 2011:

    i agree w/ # 13 and 7

  22. 22 GAVIN said at 12:23 pm on March 24th, 2011:


  23. 23 Sara said at 5:36 pm on March 27th, 2011:

    drunk driving is way less dangerous then texting. some people do it to be cool…..well YOU’RE NOT COOL!!!!!

  24. 24 jon said at 1:30 pm on March 28th, 2011:

    Reading this, I was crying. I had my pet ant the other day while driving and my mom texted me. Unfortuneatly I went ot get my phone to text her back and the ant died. nuff nuff.

  25. 25 James Denver said at 9:49 am on March 29th, 2011:

    Look at it this way: the survival of the human race will depend more and more on multitasking, texting while driving is just a way to weed out all the counterproductive single-thread brains from our society,

  26. 26 alyssa said at 12:44 pm on April 5th, 2011:

    none of you will understand how devastating it is until you lose someone you care about or it happens to you just because someone looked at their phone. maybe you should grow up?

  27. 27 kelsi said at 1:20 pm on April 18th, 2011:

    Purplekittymanpickle123123, you are stupid. shutup.

  28. 28 hi. said at 1:29 pm on April 18th, 2011:

    some people are stupid.

  29. 29 taylor smith said at 1:02 pm on April 25th, 2011:

    u all can suck it i txt and drive

  30. 30 bby roxie said at 12:08 pm on May 9th, 2011:

    i agree im a teenager and i have to do my junior paper and i decided to do mine on banning texting while driving, i did learn from a loved person that had an accident all because she was texting while driving and she had just bearly graduated she didnt even get the chance to live long but everyone has their own opinion and i agree ppl will not understand until something happens to them or a loved one then they will understand but hopefully ppl do open their eyes and see that we dont need other lives taken away just for a simple text you can respond at a safer time:))

  31. 31 kstarr said at 2:46 pm on May 24th, 2011:

    I’m a teenager and a jr at my local hs. I’m in a social issues class and this was a debate of ours earlier in the semester. This topic really touched me because personally I know that a local graduate killed an unborn child from texting and won’t admitt to it. Anybody who is texting while driving is taking their eyes off of the road for just that split second and putting somebody else’s life at risk even their own. But what teenagers don’t thin about when they drive is that they aren’t invinceable that we are only human and can die at any moment. It to me is the fear of dying in a car accident that stops me from picking up my phone when I get behind the wheel of a car. If people would just think before they do anything then maybe there would be less casualties.

  32. 32 Dallas Robbins said at 11:31 am on September 13th, 2011:

    Texting while driving is a huge concern!
    My company is developing an application for smart phones that disables texting abilities while you are driving. Add EngenX on Facebook for more information!
    The application is set to release on October 1st. Add EngenX for Updates and Events!

  33. 33 Jenna Williams said at 3:01 pm on November 30th, 2011:

    There is actually a smart phone app you can put on your phone called Teen Check-in that will send you alerts anytime your kid texts and drives. Free too… which is cool. I never pay for apps. http://teencheckin.com/index.php

  34. 34 pro mix said at 3:46 pm on December 6th, 2011:

    I agree that people should stop texting whlie driving as if drinking 4 beers.

  35. 35 SERENA VASQUEZ said at 7:13 pm on December 7th, 2011:

    some people are very dumb

  36. 36 katie + carly said at 2:17 pm on January 9th, 2012:


    We’re on a student news publication and wondering if we could use the info-graphic “Driving While Texting” in our issue. We won’t use it of course without permission. Please let me know asap.


  37. 37 Tayla said at 7:00 pm on January 17th, 2012:

    Texting and driving is not a game I don’t know why people say oh I’m not going to get hurt but you have to think about is that text worth you life…! No its not that text can wait if its that important then why don’t you pull over instead of doing it while you are driving i`m only 14 and i know the effects of texting and driving its so not cool so that text can wait

  38. 38 DESTINY freakin MM. said at 1:26 am on February 26th, 2012:

    A text message isn’t worth taking a life, so put the phone down and pay attention to the got-damn road…
    this won’t work! They only listen when it happens to them..

  39. 39 Sharon Zornes said at 1:01 pm on April 2nd, 2013:

    My family was hit in Texas on a military base and having seen the devastation and injuries to my family and the woman allegedly texting, a great price has been paid. The loss of her unborn baby and combined injuries that have lasting repercussions to all involved. TWD is worse than drunk driving. With drunk driving you are inebriated. With texting you are making a conscience decision at the time of driving. Put the phones away!

  40. 40 Celina Allton said at 3:26 pm on April 14th, 2013:

    I think texting and drivine can seriously be life changing. I don’t think anyone should do it, no matter how important you think that text is, it shouldn’t be done. My 17 year old brother was in the car with his best friend. They were both buckled up and driving down a two way street. Sadly, they were both texting at the same time. The driver drove into on coming traffic and hit a truck head on. My 17 year old brother, who just graduated, died that day. (June 28, 2008) The boy I was born and raised with is now gone. I can’ do anything to get him back.. So for all those people out there who think they’re okay texting and driving. Don’t. Because its seriously not worth it.