Cell Phone Ban Laws and Accidents
Dallas Personal Injury Attorney Nick Feizy Takes A Look At Cell Phone Ban Laws and Accident Frequencies.
If anyone has had the unfortunate experience of being in an accident, whether it is a motorcycle accident, truck accident, 18 wheeler accident or other type of motorized vehicle accident, due to another driver’s inattention because of talking on the cell phone or texting while driving, this article might be of interest. As common drivers, everyone has probably seen another driver talking on the phone or texting while driving. Quite often this person swerves into another lane or does not move when the light turns green or drives very slowly and does not pay attention to the other cars on the road because he or she is texting or is talking on the phone. Most people do not even realize what consequences their actions are having. However, the common perception is that if laws are created to ban such cell phone use then the rate of accidents will be reduced. Well as this study shows, this perception is not so accurate.
As average people ever involved in car accidents, one might be surprised to find out the result of this study. The Highway Loss Data Institute’s report was taken by reviewing insurance claims in Connecticut, Washington DC, California and New York that have cell phone bans and comparing these to other states that do not have cell phone bans. The report showed that there were no fluctuations in accidents prior to and after the laws were put into effect. Accordingly, the number of accidents in Washington DC that has laws banning cell phone use while driving was the same as in Virginia and Maryland that do not have laws banning cell phones usage while driving.
CNN quoted the president of Highway Loss Data Institute, Adrian Lund, talking about cell phone ban laws and motor vehicle accidents as saying that “the laws aren’t reducing crashes, even though we know that such laws have reduced hand-held phone use, and several studies have established that phoning while driving increases crash risk.” Also, NPR quoted Lund saying that “whatever the reason, the key finding is that crashes aren’t going down where hand-held phone use has been banned.” (CNN January 29, 2010, Study: Cell phone bans don’t reduce accidents) and (NPR January 29, 2010, Cell Phone Bans Don’t Reduce Accidents, Study Says by Brian Naylor).
Thus, contrary to the logical belief, according to this study, cell phone bans do not reduce the rate of car accidents. Dallas car wreck attorney, Nick Feizy, points out that the bans simply seem to reduce the rate that drivers talk on the phone or text while driving but not the actual rate of accidents. This is most likely because drivers do not want to receive a citation and then have to pay a fine. The study has caused some confusion as it deviates from common sense. One would think the reasonable outcome would be that cell phone usage bans while driving would lower accident rates but obviously this study begs to differ. All these bans seem to be doing is lowering cell phone usage while driving and not much more. Maybe in the future more studies are published that show whether this trend is changing or whether these bans are simply not effective in lowering auto collision rates. We will just have to wait and see what the future studies reveal, if anything.
Feb 21, 2010