In a departure from conventional wisdom, a study released by the Highway Loss Data Institute finds no fall off in car crashes after legislative bans on hand-held cell phone talking or texting take effect. In a comparison of insurance claims for in New York, Connecticut, California, and the District of Columbia, before and after laws banning cell phone use in the car were enacted, the researchers apparently found steady claim rates compared with nearby states without such bans.
“If crash risk increases with phone use and fewer drivers use phones where it’s illegal to do so, we would expect to see a decrease in crashes. But we aren’t seeing it,” said Adrian Lund, president of both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and HLDI. “Nor do we see collision claim increases before the phone bans took effect. This is surprising, too, given what we know about the growing use of cellphones and the risk of phoning while driving. We’re currently gathering data to figure out this mismatch.”
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood called the study irresponsible, and on his blog, made reference to a University of Utah study suggesting that using a cell phone while driving can be just as dangerous and deadly as driving drunk.
Whatever the cause, distracted driving leads to accidents virtually every day across the state of Virginia. If you–or someone you love–have been injured in a Virginia automobile accident brought about by a distracted driver, do not hesitate to get in touch with the Personal Injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, P.C., Toll Free 877-544-5323, for a no-obligation consultation.