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Cell phone usage has been soaring for the past 15 years. In the 2001 Transportation Statistics Annual Report distributed by the Bureau of Transportation it was reported that by 2001 nearly 120 million Americans subscribed to a cell phone service. This was a dramatic increase since ten years prior in 1991 when the cell phone subscription statistic was 7.6 million. Even since 2001 the number has dramatically risen.
Cell Phone Statistics Regarding Driving Accidents
A recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the first concrete evidence of the effects of cell phone use on injury crashes. IIHS revealed recently that drivers using phones are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. The risk was determined by comparing phone use within 10 minutes before an accident occurred with use by the same driver during the prior week. The subjects of the study were drivers treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries suffered in car accidents from April 2002 to July 2004.
Here are more cell phone statistics from the recent study, “Role of cellular phones in motor vehicle crashes resulting in hospital attendance” by S. McEvoy et al. published in the British Medial Journal:
Risk of Car Accident is the Same In Hands-free Versus Hand-Held
"This isn't intuitive. You'd think using a hands-free phone would be less distracting, so it wouldn't increase crash risk as much as using a hand-held phone. But we found that either phone type increased the risk," Anne McCartt, Institute vice president for research and an author of the study, says. "This could be because the so-called hands-free phones that are in common use today aren't really hands-free. We didn't have sufficient data to compare the different types of hands-free phones, such as those that are fully voice activated."
This new cell phone statistics from this study are consistent with research conducted in 1997 that also showed phone use was associated with a fourfold increase in the risk of property damage crash. A study by the National Safety Council found that drivers talking on cell phones missed twice as many simulated traffic signals and took longer to react to those signals they detected. Again, the results were the same for hand-held and hands-free devices. The results of these studies confirm that cell phone usage while driving can be distracting and that the distractions associated with phone use contribute significantly to automobile accidents.
Cell Phone Statistic Gathering In Accidents
Some Positive Cell Phone Statistics
In any case, cell phone usage continues to rise and, subsequently cell phone usage while driving is increasing. As technology advances we are sure to see a greater response to the problem of cell phone distraction while driving and perhaps the cell phone car accident statistics will decrease with time, research, and awareness.
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