In 2013, more than 32,000 people died as result of traffic accidents in the United States. The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that one point million automobile crashes were caused by talking on cell phones with another 341,000 accidents caused by texting. Work by Redelmeier and McEvoy showed that driving while talking on a cell phone increases the risk of a crash by four times. NSC reports that texting increases the risk of accidents by 8-23 times.
As a society we have primarily focused on adolescents’ inappropriate use of cellphones while driving. According to the American Automobile Association however, while 58% of 16 to 18-year-olds use cell phones when driving, 72% of 40-59 year olds, and 51% of people aged 60 to 74 did the same.