As early as March 2014 the National Safety Council's website was already able to register about 245,358 car accidents in the US (this points only to accidents wherein the use of a cell phone while driving was involved). The number could definitely be higher since many drivers, according to NSC, never admit to having used their cell phone prior to the accident. (The NSC is nonprofit organization founded in 1913; it was chartered by the U.S. Congress for the purpose of saving lives through the prevention of injuries and deaths at work, in communities, in homes and on the road through leadership, advocacy, education and research. The NSC records all traffic accidents that occur on both public roads and private properties in all 50 states and in the District of Columbia).
Drivers have always been informed about the risk of using their cell phone while behind the wheel. Yet, despite the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) ads, signs and posters, and educational campaigns (over the years) that tell of its possible dangers, the number of accidents and deaths only continued to rise, making the NHTSA pass the anti-texting-while-driving law. Some states even went further, issuing a ban on the use of all types of text-based communications devices, including computers, which can be used to send email and text messages.
While concentrating much of the effort on preventing accidents due to texting while driving, the NSC comes up with a data which shows that 26% of all car accidents in the year 2012 were due to cell phone use while driving. The surprising thing about it is that only 5% of all cell phone-related crashes happened because the driver was texting; the other 21% occurred while the driver was talking on hands-free or handheld cell phones.
Thus, contrary to the belief that texting while driving was the more dangerous compared to talking on the phone, the NSC informs (and warns) drivers about the greaterdanger presented by the latter, as proven by the data.
Drivers, especially teenagers and young adults who often ignore the reminders and the law and, so, figure more often in accidents due to cell phone use, ought to realize the consequences of their actions. According to the website of Crowe and Mulvey, any personal injury (injury sustained by someone due to their negligence) they may cause others to suffer can result in civil lawsuits that can require them to pay compensatory damages to the victim. Compensatory damages can amount to a great deal of cash for the victim, which is very costly for the person who is responsible for the accident. This is why many car insurance policies include personal injury protection.