Imagine driving to work when someone suddenly rear-ends you while you coming to a stop at a traffic light. The other driver obviously was not paying attention to what was happening in front of him. Prior to the accident, you had seen him balancing his phone on his steering wheel when you glanced up in your rear-view mirror. Is that why he hit you? Was he too busy texting to take the time to drive?
Distracted driving has always been issue when it comes to car accidents. Whether it is reading the newspaper or applying make-up, people tend to try to multitask while driving. However, since the release of cellphones, especially smartphones, with texting capability, the incidents of distracted driving have not only increased, but also resulted in more catastrophic consequences.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a distracted driver, you might be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, damages to your vehicle, and lost wages. A Covington area personal injury attorney can help you get the justice you deserve. Read further to learn about technological advances to prove texting and driving cases.
Software to help identify distracted driving
A software developer, Cellbrite, made strides in 2016 to help law enforcement officers determine if a driver was using his or her phone just prior to a car accident. The program allows an officer to connect to a person's mobile device to their onboard computers or laptops and examine operating system usage. This means that the police will be able to see if a driver was actually typing on the phone when a car accident occurred.
The software does not provide specific details about what the person was typing in order to protect privacy. However, it does indicate whether the touchscreen was in use.
Reducing distracted driving
While the use of this software has not passed into law yet, its advocates hope that once it does, it will lead to a reduction in distracted driving incidents. The idea is that will act in the same way breathalyzer tests do: an accountability tool that will bring more awareness to the problem and act like a deterrent.
At the moment, the majority of the 50 states all have legislation on the books to address distracted driving. However, even with texting and driving bans in place, the number of reported incidents and citations issued remains rather low.