WHY CELL PHONE DEATHS
ARE ON THE RISE IN AMERICA
TEXTING AND DRIVING STATISTICS 2019 SURVEY
It might not seem all that obvious, but we are living in a nation where owning a cell phone has become deadly and not owning some type of coverage for your life should be considered irresponsible. This is because we communicate in a completely different way than we used to and are allowing things like push news alerts, text messages, and social media to put us in distracting situations that are ultimately causing our deaths or the deaths of others. The sad thing is that it doesn't seem to be slowing down, and we wondered what was the underlying cause of these deaths and how has owning a cell phone become so dangerous?
Based on historic data we found from the United States Department Of Transportation we structured our own 2019 survey to benchmark deaths related to cell phone use and driving habits. The survey was run on 1,430 drivers from the USA from 2/1/2019 to 2/26/2019.
WHY ARE CELL PHONES KILLING US?
We Can't Stop Texting & Driving
Even though the risks are very clear, we still don't seem to understand the dangers of driving and being distracted. These distractions are mainly caused by a cell phone, when driving. The amount of deaths caused by distracted drivers are constantly increasing, and over time, it looks like the more people that have cell phones, the higher the distracted drivers deaths increase.
Cell Phones & Distracted Driving
Based on the above numbers we can easily see a direct correlation of the increase in smart phone use while driving with an increase of deaths caused by distracted driving. This trend is only increasing!
Just reviewing the above statistics, you can see that even though people know how dangerous texting and driving is, they still will not stop doing it. The same people that are calling for a Ban on it, are the same people who are actually still doing it.
We Don't "Look Both Ways" Anymore
It seems that we can't keep our eyes focused on where we are going. We seem to be very focused on the task of looking at our phones and getting news updates. Eventually, walking could become more dangerous than driving.
Based on the data above we can see that pedestrian deaths are increasing year after year.
The data also shows us that drivers are seeing more pedestrians who are not looking both ways before they cross the street, instead they are looking at their cell phones.
What can we determine based on the above data?
Cell Phone Deaths Are Being Hidden
Another issue we are running into is that cell phone deaths aren't being counted as cell phone deaths, instead they are being logged as accidental deaths or other deaths caused by distractions. This is a bad thing because it means less attention is being given to the fact that these deaths are being caused by cell phones.
In 2019 we see that around 90% of people said they will use their cell phone while driving. The same 90% also said they might also be eating food or drinking a soda.
This means that only a very small percentage of people are actually focused solely on the road, so if you have over 90% of people using their phone, eating, drinking and putting on make up, it is a high probability that these unexplained deaths have been explained and we just don't want Cell Phones to be the answer.
We Are Dying To Take A Selfie
The fact that we are dying to take selfies is true in both the literal and figurative use of the statement. Our 2019 survey gave us a quick idea of other factors causing the increase in selfie deaths. Outside of deaths are being caused by thrill seekers and people who just aren't paying attention to their surroundings, drivers are also part of the problem.
Looking at the above data, you can see that these trends aren't slowing down and based on our recent 2019 survey, we can conclude that:
We Are Completely Under Insured
Even though we seem to have no problem risking our lives for a tweet here or a text there, or going live, or trying to get that perfect selfie, we aren't doing much to protect ourselves and our family if something happens.
Of the people that took this survey, none of their family's would have been able to survive financially for more than a year if they were to pass away. This is quite alarming since none of us seem to care about the risks of cell phones.
Whenever we get behind the wheel we are taking a risk. That risk increases drastically when we start becoming distracted.
CELL PHONE DRIVING STATISTICS
Teen Driver Cell Phone Statistics
Teens Just Want To Have Fun
Unfortunately, they really shouldn't be having fun while attempting to drive. Teens are the most at risk when it comes to driving and they are also are the ones that are most distracted when driving. On average, there are about 3,200 deaths per day from fatal car wrecks and about 9 of them are related to a driver being distracted.
Below, we look at the alarming facts and statistics related to teens in regards to texting while driving or being distracted while driving:
GENERAL DISTRACTED OR TEXTING & DRIVING STATISTICS
2012 - 2017 Detailed Statistics
Cell Phones & Distracted Driving
Distracted Driving: Behind The Numbers
Distracted Driving: Contributing Factors
The Laws Behind Distracted Driving
Distracted Driving Help & Awareness
Wrapping Up & Taking Action
In all honesty, this doesn't look good for us, while we are all afraid of the reality that one day a rouge A.I. will take over and run the world, right now, it is our own cell phone that is causing our deaths.
Obtaining some type of life insurance is imperative and it is the only true way to protect ourselves from this "new predator" known as the Cell Phone. All the studies show that even though we know it is wrong to text and drive, or text and walk, 98% of us will still do it. We vote on measures to make it illegal to text and drive or text and walk and we still do it ourselves.
We are also taking selfies in the most dangerous of places, without a regard for our safety and continue to fall to our deaths. This is all from being too involved in our cell phones and not paying enough attention to our surroundings. Cell phones aren't going anywhere anytime soon, so all we can do is figure out a way to better co-exist with them.
DATA COLLECTION INFORMATION