The cell phone effect on truck accidents: A specification error approach

Richard Fowles, Peter D. Loeb, W. M. Clarke

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This paper examines the impact of cell phone usage on truck accident rates in the United States using econometric models and specification error tests. The models focus on the potential nonlinear effect of cell phones on these accidents. The results indicate that increases in cell phone usage increase truck accident rates, but at a declining rate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18-28
Number of pages11
JournalTransportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Transportation


  • Cell phones
  • Econometric models
  • Specification error tests
  • Truck accidents


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