New insurance data indicates laws banning cellphone use while driving fail to reduce crashes
A study from the Harvard Center of Risk Analysis reports that cell phone distraction is responsible for some 636,000 crashes, resulting in 330,000 injuries and 2,600 deaths each year.
Using a cell phone while driving increases your chances of getting into an accident by 400 percent, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The University of Utah reports that motorists who talk or text on cell phones while driving are less capable than drunk drivers who have blood alcohol levels above 0.08.
According to the American Automobile Association, the risk of a car accident increases 50% for people who text message while driving.
The National Safety Council estimates that 100 million-plus people talk on their cell phones while driving.