In 2016, cell phone use was a contributing factor in 6,882 Texas crashes, according to this Texas Department of Transportation report.
- Also in 2016, driver inattention was a contributing factor in 96,847 Texas crashes, according to TxDOT.
Talking on a cell phone while driving makes you almost four times more likely to crash, and texting while driving increases your chances of a crash by up to 8 to 23 times.
In addition to taking their eyes and hands off the wheel, distracted drivers take their mind off the primary task of driving. Drivers talking on cell phones miss half of the information in their driving environment.
Drivers using cell phones are less likely to see:
High and low relevant objects
Exits, red lights and stop signs