Accident risk of car drivers during mobile telephone use
by Fridulv Sagberg
International Journal of Vehicle Design (IJVD), Vol. 26, No. 1, 2001

Abstract: About 9000 Norwegian car drivers who had recently reported an accident to their insurance company, responded to a postal questionnaire about mobile telephone use and other distractors during the latest accident. Mobile telephoning during the accident was reported by 0.66% of guilty drivers and 0.30% of innocent drivers. Mobile telephones were estimated to be used in 0.86% of the accidents, which is 72% higher than the expected proportion estimated on the basis of ''induced exposure''. The number of accidents during telephoning was too low for significant differences between hands-free and hand-held telephones to appear. Rear-end collision is the most frequent accident type during telephoning. Both radios and CD players cause more accidents than the mobile telephone.

Online publication date: Fri, 15-Aug-2003

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