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

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  • Fowles, Richard
  • Loeb, Peter D.
  • Clarke, Wm.

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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.

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  • Fowles, Richard & Loeb, Peter D. & Clarke, Wm., 2013. "The cell phone effect on truck accidents: A specification error approach," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 50(C), pages 18-28.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:transe:v:50:y:2013:i:c:p:18-28
    DOI: 10.1016/j.tre.2012.10.002
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    1. de Vries, Jelle & de Koster, René & Rijsdijk, Serge & Roy, Debjit, 2017. "Determinants of safe and productive truck driving: Empirical evidence from long-haul cargo transport," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 97(C), pages 113-131.
    2. Velmurugan, Manivannan Senthil, 2017. "Sustainable perspectives on energy consumption, EMRF, environment, health and accident risks associated with the use of mobile phones," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, vol. 67(C), pages 192-206.

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