Posted on: June 9, 2016 by titan-goodrich
It’s a problem that did not exist decades ago. Today, it’s something that contributes to a growing number of car accidents and, by some estimates, causes nearly 20% of fatal car accidents. Texting while driving is quickly becoming as problematic as drinking and driving. Could a Textalyzer Test help police officers prove that drivers are texting? Is it going to deter drivers from texting while driving in the future? As we discuss this new technology, keep in mind that a comprehensive Virginia Automobile Insurance policy will protect you from the financial implications of a car accident.
Texting and Driving: Is it Really That Bad?
The short answer: Yes. According to the Federal Communication Commission:
• Distracted drivers caused accidents that killed more than 3,325 and injured more than 421,000 people in 2012. (Since then, the prevalence of cell phones and people texting on them while driving has increased significantly.)
• A Pew survey of teenagers found that 40% of those questioned said they had ridden in a car with a texting driver and felt the driver was endangering people.
• Of the drivers in the 18 to 20 years old range, 11% reported being involved in a car accident that occurred when they were texting.
• Texting while driving results in a 23% increase in the possibility of being involved in a car crash.
Technology to the Rescue?
In 1967, police were equipped with a new tool called a Breathalyzer to identify drunk drivers and provide ironclad evidence to convict them of the crime and penalize them. Now, nearly 50 years later, an Israeli company called Cellebrite has created a Textalyzer. The portable device can quickly determine if a driver was using his or her phone before a car crash. Currently, New York is debating whether or not to adopt a law requiring accident victims to submit their phones for textalyzer analysis at the scene of a crash. The device does not store or show the content of texts or emails, yet legislators continue to debate privacy concerns surrounding Textalyzer use.
Hopefully, you’re aware of the dangers of texting and driving and refrain from doing it. Unfortunately, every time you drive there’s a strong possibility that you’ll encounter motorists who may engage in this dangerous practice. Make sure you’re protected financially in the event that you’re involved in an accident. Contact us at Goodrich & Watson and we’ll craft a policy you can depend on.