Concern is mounting about the effects of phone use and texting while driving.
December 10, 2015
Study provides new window on distraction
An IIHS analysis of data from a large naturalistic driving study provides new evidence that cellphones and other distractions raise the odds of a crash.
March 31, 2015
Drivers eat and talk more at red lights
Drivers engage in distracting behaviors in all types of situations, but many seem to save the most demanding activities for red lights.
March 3, 2015
Voice systems can reduce distraction
Using voice commands to make calls and perform other tasks helps drivers keep their eyes on the road, but it doesn't eliminate visual distraction completely.
October 24, 2014
Searching for answers on distraction
A new study by IIHS and Virginia Tech helps clarify the risk of cellphone use behind the wheel and offers insight into other distracting behaviors that drivers engage in.
The self-correcting nature of science
IIHS and HLDI President Adrian Lund describes how our understanding of the problem of distracted driving is evolving.
Cellphones aren't the only distractions
Cellphones have become synonymous with distracted driving, but driver distraction was an issue long before they came along.
Bans reduce phone use but not crashes
Even with strong enforcement, bans on handheld phone use and texting aren't reducing crashes reported to insurers, a new HLDI analysis shows.
December 2, 2010
Drivers admit to risky habits in survey
Drivers sat texting while driving, speeding and running red lights are dangerous but admit to doing them anyway.
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.
February 27, 2010
Driver phone use is widespread
An Institute survey finds that large numbers of drivers talk on the phone and text even in challenging driving conditions.
Cellphone bans don't reduce crashes
Collision claims don't decrease after states enact driver cellphone bans, a new HLDI study finds.
High-tech options to curb distraction
Technology can be distracting, but some forms can help prevent distraction.
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.
October 13, 2009
Effects of cellphone bans vary
Cellphone bans can have lasting effects on driver behavior, new research shows, but the safety impact isn't clear.
October 22, 2008
More states ban texting by drivers
Seven states and the District of Columbia now prohibit drivers from texting while behind the wheel.
September 9, 2008
Survey finds high rates of distraction
A Nationwide Insurance survey finds 4 out of 5 cellphone owners say they drive distracted.
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.
January 28, 2006
Driver cell phone use increases
Drivers are increasingly using the phone while driving. Meanwhile, research is making the risks of such behavior clear.
July 16, 2005
Driver phone use falls after D.C. ban
Institute researchers find fewer drivers using phones following the District of Columbia's ban, but experience elsewhere shows the rate may creep up again.
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.
February 7, 2004
In other highway safety news…
Deaths of older motorcyclists rise in Germany; North Carolina court rules red light cameras are constitutional; drivers using phones are less likely to buckle up.
August 26, 2003
N.Y. cell phone ban effects don't last
Once the publicity surrounding New York's ban on hand-held phone use behind the wheel dropped off, drivers went back to their old habits.
August 17, 2002
Driver cellphone use drops with N.Y. law
The percentage of drivers using handheld phones dropped by more than half after New York passed a law against it.
Cell phone risk is hard to pin down
It seems intuitive that talking on a phone while driving would be a bad idea, but is it worse than other distractions? Real-world data on the subject is hard to come by.
Cell phone bills in state legislatures
Lawmakers in at least 22 states have considered bills to prohibit hand-held phone use while driving. Bills to ban all phone use were introduced in eight other states.
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