Car Talk's
Produced in partnership with the University of Utah and University of Kansas
 


Had a crash? Please take a few minutes and help us with an important survey!

The national crash statistics on cell-phone related crashes is unreliable. There are many cases where a driver is involved in a crash, and he or she claims that they were not using a cell phone to talk, dial, or text. Then when the cell phone records are obtained by subpoena, it is discovered that the device was in use.

Cases like this indicate that crashes caused by cell phones are under reported in the national database. One means for providing a better measure of crash risk is to collect data from crash victim's advocates. We think this will provide a better representation of the crash risk. And the more accurate the crash statistics, the better the public policy on cell phones and driving.

Please complete the information that you feel free to disclose related to your case.

With thanks,

David Strayer


Applied Cognition Lab
University of Utah

P.S. To learn more about the science, visit the Applied Cognition Lab at the University of Utah.