Below are some points coming from the article in USA TODAY:
Although overall cellphone use on the road is down, drivers were “observed manipulating their phones” 57 percent more often in 2018 than they were in 2014, according to research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
That means people are putting themselves at significantly higher risk of dying in a car crash.
Using the most recently available figures, IIHS estimated that about 800 people were killed in crashes in 2017 due to drivers who were using their phones for something other than a call.
The number of people killed in traffic crashes in 2017 was 37,133, down 1.8 percent from the year before, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Figures from 2018 have not yet been released.
Bomey, N. (2019). Risky phone use while driving is soaring, and it’s killing Americans, IIHS study finds. [online] Usatoday.com. Available at: https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2019/01/24/distracted-driving-iihs/2655556002/ [Accessed 25 Jan. 2019].