Texting while driving is a growing trend, and a national epidemic, quickly becoming one of the country's top killers. Drivers assume they can handle texting while driving and remain safe, but the numbers don't lie.

Texting while driving causes:

Ÿ 1,600,000 accidents per year - National Safety Council

Ÿ 330,000 injuries per year - Harvard Center for Risk Analysis Study

Ÿ 11 teen deaths every day - Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Fatality Facts

Ÿ Nearly 25 percent of all vehicle accidents

Texting while driving is:

Ÿ About 6 times more likely to cause an accident than driving intoxicated

Ÿ The same as driving after four beers - National Highway Transportation Safety Admin.

Ÿ The number one driving distraction reported by teen drivers

Texting while driving:

Ÿ Makes you 23 times more likely to crash - National Highway Transportation Safety Admin.

Ÿ Is the same as driving blind for 5 seconds at a time - VA Tech Transportation Institute

Ÿ Takes place by 800,000 drivers at any given time across the country

Ÿ Slows your brake reaction speed by 18 percent - Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

For more information, go to www.textinganddrivingsafety.com