Handset Use in Cars Kills 16,000
The study by Fernando Wilson and Jim Stimpson of the University of North Texas Health Science Center concluded that "Distracted driving is a growing public safety hazard. Specifically, the dramatic rise in texting volume since 2005 appeared to be contributing to an alarming rise in distracted driving fatalities."
The trouble with such studies is it's often difficult to tell exactly what killed many of the drivers in question, which means that all conclusions must be estimates. But the connection seems clear: As cell phone ownership and texting has increased in recent years, so have deaths attributed to distracted driving.