The rural desert landscape of most Nevada roads might seem like the best place, if any, to snapchat a selfie or comb through your Twitter feed. No matter where you're driving in the Silver State, though, using your phone while behind the wheel is never a good idea. As a whole, Nevada ranks 31st among states for cell phone–related crash fatalities, according to an Expert Market study. Far from being one of the better states in that category, we set out to find where Nevada's most distracted drivers are.

We here at QuoteWizard analyzed 2017 Nevada Department of Transportation data on distracted driving accidents and paired it with population data to determine which Nevada counties had the highest rate of distracted drivers per 10,000 people. The table below ranks Nevada counties from the highest to the lowest rate of distracted driving accidents. We omitted Mineral, Storey, Eureka, and Esmeralda counties from the study due to low population and sample size of distracted driving incidents.

Rank (Worst) County Distracted Driving Incidents per 10,000 People
1 Elko 37.29
2 Pershing 36.94
3 Humboltd 22.26
4 Douglas 19.78
5 Carson City 18.86
6 Lander 18.62
7 Churchill 17.67
8 White Pine 15.99
9 Lincoln 13.07
10 Nye 12.35
11 Clark 12.28
12 Lyon 8.39
13 Washoe 7.90

Nevada Distracted Driving Statistics

Elko County

Total Distracted Driving Crashes: 190

Fatal Crashes: 1

Crashes Resulting in Injury: 34%

Pershing County

Total Distracted Driving Crashes: 25

Fatal Crashes: 1

Crashes Resulting in Injury: 36%

Humboldt County

Total Distracted Driving Crashes: 38

Fatal Crashes: 0

Crashes Resulting in Injury: 24% (Lowest in Nevada)

Douglas County

Total Distracted Driving Crashes: 93

Fatal Crashes: 0

Crashes Resulting in Injury: 46%

Carson City County

Total Distracted Driving Crashes: 103

Fatal Crashes: 0

Crashes Resulting in Injury: 39%

Lander County

Total Distracted Driving Crashes: 11

Fatal Crashes: 0

Crashes Resulting in Injury: 55%

Churchill County

Total Distracted Driving Crashes: 43

Fatal Crashes: 0

Crashes Resulting in Injury: 26%

White Pine County

Total Distracted Driving Crashes: 16

Fatal Crashes: 1

Crashes Resulting in Injury: 44%

Lincoln County

Total Distracted Driving Crashes: 7

Fatal Crashes: 0

Crashes Resulting in Injury: 43%

Nye County

Total Distracted Driving Crashes: 53

Fatal Crashes: 2

Crashes Resulting in Injury: 42%

Clark County

Total Distracted Driving Crashes: 2,453

Fatal Crashes: 3

Crashes Resulting in Injury: 55% (Highest in Nevada)

Lyon County

Total Distracted Driving Crashes: 43

Fatal Crashes: 0

Crashes Resulting in Injury: 35%

Washoe County

Total Distracted Driving Crashes: 339

Fatal Crashes: 0

Crashes Resulting in Injury: 42%

Methodology

QuoteWizard analyzed 2017 Nevada Department of Transportation data on distracted driving accidents and paired it with population data to determine which Nevada counties had the highest rate of distracted drivers per 10,000 people. Rankings show counties with the highest rate of distracted driving incidents. We omitted Mineral, Storey, Eureka, and Esmeralda counties from the study due to low population and sample size of distracted driving incidents.