Table 5-10 Distracted Driving and Motor Vehicle Crashes, Deaths and Injuries: 2005–2010

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  Crashes Fatalities Injuries
  Overall Distraction Percent Overall Distraction Percent Overall Distraction Percent
2005 39,252 4,026 10.3 43,510 4,472 10.3 2,699,000 604,000 22.4
2006 38,648 5,245 13.6 42,708 5,836 13.7 2,575,000 503,000 19.5
2007 37,435 5,329 14.2 41,259 5,917 14.3 2,491,000 448,000 18.0
2008 34,172 5,307 15.5 37,423 5,838 15.6 2,346,000 466,000 19.9
2009 30,797 4,898 15.9 33,808 5,474 16.2 2,217,000 448,000 20.2
2010 30,196 2,843 9.4 32,885 3,092 9.4 2,239,000 146,000 18.6

NOTES: Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving. All Distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. These types of Distractions include: texting; using a cell phone or smartphone; eating and drinking; talking to passengers; grooming; reading, including maps; using a navigation system; watching a video; adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player. Injury data are estimated by U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Safety Administration.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Traffic Safety Facts - Distracted Driving, tables 1 and 3, available at http://www.distraction.gov/research/PDF-Files/Distracted-Driving-2009.pdf as of February 2013.