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10 key texting and driving statistics

Texting and driving has been all over the news for the past few years, and most people now know that it's both dangerous and, in many places, illegal. However, you may not know just how big the problem can be. Below are a few key numbers that really paint a disturbing picture:

1. Distracted driving takes nine lives every day, all across the United States.

2. When looking at all crashes, there is a 25 percent chance a phone was involved.

3. Forty percent of all teens polled said they'd ridden with a driver who was texting.

4. In Spain, only 15 percent of drivers admitted to using the phone while driving. When asked the same thing in the United States, the number was more than double, with 33 percent admitting to it.

5. In 2013, there were 341,000 total crashes that were linked to texting.

6. The odds of a crash go up four times when a cell phone is used.

7. Experts agree that a driver should look away from the road for no more than two seconds.

8. However, those who are texting look away for an average of five seconds.

9. Texting and driving is now banned in 46 states.

10. Those who are between the ages of 21 and 24 are statistically most likely to text behind the wheel, according to reports.

In Illinois, if you are injured in a car accident with a driver who was texting and driving, therefore causing the accident, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries and other costs.

Source: The Law Offices of Goldfine & Bowles PC, "Car Accidents," accessed April 01, 2016

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