• September 28, 2010

    HLDI study: Texting bans don't reduce crashes

    A new study by researchers at HLDI finds no reductions in crashes after laws take effect that ban texting by all drivers. In fact, such bans are associated with a slight increase in the frequency of insurance claims filed under collision coverage for crash damage. This finding is based on comparisons of claims in 4 states before and after texting ban, compared with patterns of claims in nearby states.

  • January 29, 2010

    Cellphone bans fail to reduce crashes

    As state legislators across the United States enact laws that ban the use of cellphones while driving, a new HLDI study finds no reductions in crashes after hand-held phone bans take effect. Comparing insurance claims for crash damage in four U.S. jurisdictions before and after such bans, the researchers find steady claim rates compared with nearby jurisdictions without such bans.

  • November 4, 2009

    IIHS testifies on cellphone laws and distracted driving

    IIHS testified before two U.S. House subcommittees at a joint hearing on distracted driving. Preliminary data from insurance claims suggest no apparent reduction in crash risk after states enacted  bans on hand-held phone use.

  • June 9, 2008

    Teen drivers often ignore cellphone bans

    Teenage drivers' cellphone use edged higher in North Carolina after the state enacted a cellphone ban for young drivers, a new IIHS study finds. This is the case even though young drivers and their parents said they strongly support the restrictions. Parents and teens alike believe the ban on hand-held and hands-free phone use isn't being enforced.

  • July 12, 2005

    Driver cellphone use quadruples injury crash risk

    Drivers are 4 times as likely to get into a crash serious enough to injure themselves when they are using cellphones than when they are not, IIHS researchers have found. The increased risk was estimated by comparing phone use within 10 minutes before an actual crash occurred with use by the same driver during the prior week.