New Technology To Hold Drivers Accountable For Texting And Driving Accidents

Texting while driving is a serious health hazard in the United States. Various public campaigns have been created, such as It Can Wait, in an attempt to curtail this problematic behavior.

According to recent estimates, the problem appears to be getting worse. In 2013, according to the National Highway Safety Administration, 10 percent of fatal car crashes and 18 percent of car crashes with injuries resulting were caused by distracted drivers. Many of these drivers were texting while driving. State governments across the U.S. are now researching different ways to combat this issue more aggressively than ever before.

Law Enforcement Using Technology Against Texting Drivers

Legislators and law enforcement organizations have begun researching using technology to enforce current driving while texting laws. In New York, legislators want to take what some think are the most powerful measures to date, allowing police officers to check your phone using a device called The Textalyzer. It allows a police officer to check a motor vehicle operator's cell phone and see recent activity. If drivers refuse to hand over their cell phone, a driver could face suspension of driving privileges in New York state. This is similar to how drunk drivers are treated by police currently.

In New York, the issue of privacy concerns have been raised by some. However, The Textalyzer is designed to not open private email or texts, only to determine whether or not such information has been sent. Many in New York are pushing for the implementation of this device by law enforcement. It appears to be gaining traction in the state legislature, in part due to advocacy groups such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

If this technology is implemented successfully in New York state, other states, including Louisiana, could eventually follow suit.

Help Is Available For Texting And Driving Accident Victims

Until such a tool as the The Textalyzer becomes standard equipment for police departments, people will continue to text and drive in large numbers, and they will continue to cause auto accidents. In these situations, there is legal help available. Victims of texting and driving accidents can still take action and hold negligent drivers accountable with the help of a knowledgeable and experienced attorney. An attorney can still use witness statements, cellphone records and other means to prove that a driver was texting when he or she caused an auto accident.

Attorney James Arruebarrena is committed to getting compensation for victims of texting and driving accidents. Every case begins with a free consultation.