Recently, a new technology called the “textalyzer” was introduced
by an Israeli firm, Cellebrite. This new development allows law enforcement
officers to determine whether drivers used their cellular wireless devices
directly prior to car accidents. To ensure that drivers’ privacy
rights are not violated, Cellebrite does not allow others to view the
messages, photos, or private data used by drivers.
Now, lawmaker officials in New York have proposed a bill to implement textalyzers
in law enforcement officers’ toolkits. If approved, this bill will
allow law enforcement officers to test the field to determine whether
distracted driving, in the form of texting and driving, caused
vehicle collisions. As of now, the bill proposes that a driver must give law enforcement
officers consent before this type of testing can take place. However,
if the driver refuses, they may lose their license.
If the law is passed, various companies, including Cellebrite, may have
to compete against one another to build a textalyzer that will be used
by law enforcement officers.
Texting While Driving Kills
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nine people
sustain fatal injuries every day due to distracted driving collisions.
An additional 1,153 persons are injured due to these types of accidents.
In addition, another study proves that roughly a third of drivers have
sent text messages while driving. As a result, 27 percent of collisions
involve drivers who text and drive, according to 2013 statistics.
Our Virginia Car Accident Lawyers Are Here for You
If you or someone you love was involved in an accident caused by a driver
who was texting or participating in any other kind of distracting activity,
get in touch with our car accident attorneys at The Barrera Law Firm,
PLLC right away. We can examine your case and pursue monetary compensation
for any medical expenses, lost wages, or emotional distresses you may
have acquired as a result of the collision. When you choose to work with
our team, we will inform you of every step of the legal process so you
never have to worry about your case.
To discuss your accident with a skilled lawyer,
contact our car accident lawyers in Virginia today. We are backed by more than three decades of legal experience.