Many of those injuries are the result of people becoming distracted while using their cellphones. Others are caused directly by the device itself — when someone gets struck in the face by a phone, or when a phone’s battery overheats and explodes.
Research shows that calls made while holding a cellphone are not, in fact, significantly safer than calls made with hands-free systems.
In addition, almost one in seven of the parents (13.7 percent) admitted that they had used social media while driving with their child.
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In Minnesota, drivers caught texting face a $50 fine and $225 for subsequent offenses. When deaths or seriously injuries occur, a distracted driver faces at most a gross misdemeanor reckless driving charge unless engaged in an additional offense.
Each day, nine people die on U.S. roads and an additional 1,071 are injured in crashes involving distracted driving.
In 2015, traffic fatalities in the United States climbed to 35,092, the highest number since 2008.