Belli Society

New York July 8, 2011

Update on Cell Phone Driving and Texting Liability

Ira Leesfield

Cell phones and driving don’t mix, and the studies prove it. Numerous studies, including those published by the New England Journal of Medicine and the British Medical Journal, report that talking on a cell phone while driving substantially increases the risk of having an accident. In fact, studies have shown that drivers who are using cell phones have more accidents and slower reaction times than drivers who are legally drunk. Compounding the danger is the ever growing number of people using cell phones. The number of cell phone subscribers in the United States has grown from 40 million in 1996, to over 303 million in December 2010.

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