When a serious car accident occurs, the first thing many people wonder is whether the offending driver was texting. Statistics indicate that one in four car accidents in the United States is caused by texting while driving. Texting while driving is six times more likely to be the cause of an accident than drunk driving.
Those sobering statistics are part of the reason that the Governor of New York has ordered the state’s Traffic Safety Committee to explore the “textalyzer” tool to fight distracted driving. The textalyzer allows police officers to see if a driver was texting moments before a crash. The device is simple enough to operate, the officer plugs the driver’s smartphone into the textalyzer via a cord, and time-stamped information listing the apps the driver used is downloaded.
Civil rights activists argue that the textalyzer is invasive and unconstitutional, and that going before a judge with probable cause and obtaining a search warrant would result in the same information. Even so, having this device could immediately and assuredly address a serious and significant problem.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident and you suspect the offending driver was distracted by texting or was driving recklessly for some other reason, please call the New Jersey car accident lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy, LLP at 732-777-0100, or contact us online for a free consultation. Our offices are centrally located in Red Bank, Toms River, and Edison, and we serve clients throughout New Jersey.