Distracted driving is a huge issue that has been a severe problem for many decades now, despite cell phone usage only taking off in recent years. During the years 2012-2017, the National Highway Safety Administration reported over 3,000 distracted driving crashes, accounting for nearly 9% of all fatal crashes in the country. 

“Distracted” driving can be referred to as “generally distracted” or “lost in thought” while operating the vehicle. Cell phone use was the main cause of distraction for 14% of crashes, while looking at other accidents or events accounted for nearly 6% of crashes.