Texting and driving is growing plague on the roads in California.
Walnut Creek, CA- Nearly one-fourth of the fatal accidents in the U.S. are caused by drivers texting behind the wheel. Texting and driving and talking and driving are both divided attention tasks that can lead to a deadly auto collision. Motorists, however, seem to have little concern about the known dangers of using a cell phone while driving and law enforcement agencies don’t have the resources they need to stop distracted drivers. One technological company is doing something to change that by developing a law enforcement tool that could cut down on distracted driving. That tool is called the Textalyzer.
What is the Textalyzer, you ask? The Textalyzer is a tool that allows law enforcement to see everything a person does on their cell phone just minutes before a crash. The technology currently exists and was developed by an Israeli company Cellebrite, ABC News reports.
Cellebrite may sound familiar because it is the same company that helped the FBI hack the Apple iPhone 5 owned by one of the terrorists involved in the San Bernardino shooting last December. Their real name for the Textalyzer is the UFED Field Series mobile forensics technology, according to Digital Trends.
Sending a text takes a person’s eyes off the road for an estimated 4 seconds.
With a Textalyzer, police officers “extract and decode mobile device data such as call logs, contacts, calendar, text messages, media files and more,” Digital Trends reports. It allows police to check a cell phone at the scene of an accident and figure out everything a suspected distracted driver was doing on their phone moments before and at the point of impact. That means police can quickly determine when distracted driving played a role in a collision instead of relying on an admission from a negligent motorist.
No police forces in the U.S. currently utilize the Textalyzer, but one advocacy group wants to change that. Distracted Operators Risk Casualties recently helped lawmakers New York write legislation that would allow police in the to start using Textalyzers.
Broader usage of the Textalyzer would be perfect for law enforcement and could significantly curtail texting and driving. And that’s not all; these tools would also prove to be a valuable source of evidence in personal injury and wrongful death suits.
Cell phone use while driving is banned in California, and it is a primary enforcement law, which means if police can pull over a motorist for using any hand-held device behind the wheel.
There are plenty of distractions that motorists shouldn’t be using their cell phones. If they do and cause you or a loved one harm, let USAttorneys connect you with an accident lawyer in Walnut Creek, California to help you recover compensation for your accident. Our team of attorneys are honest and trustworthy and will work to give you the advantage in settlement negotiations or in court.
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