Previous studies have concluded that “texting while driving” increases the risk of an accident when the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.
The agency used cameras to continuously track light motorists and truckers for more than 6 million miles. Local media reports that when drivers of heavy trucks messaged, they found that their collision risk was 23 times greater than that of messaging.
The study found that dialing a cell phone and using or reaching an electronic device while driving car and truck six times increased the risk of collision.
Recent research using driving simulators has suggested that talking and listening is just as dangerous as texting, but “natural driving studies clearly indicate that this is not the case,” according to a release from the local media.
“The risks of texting generally apply not only to truckers, but to all drivers,” the researchers said.