Police units across the country are looking for better ways to identify texting drivers and hold them accountable when their distraction causes accidents. In some states, policy makers are attempting to pass legislation that would allow responders to the scene of an accident to immediately check drivers’ cell phones to see if they were texting at the time of the crash.
New York, for example, is looking to pass such a law. Currently in the state, a subpoena is required to ask cell phone companies for a record of messages, which can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. By getting approval for a new tool called the “Textalyzer,” however, police officers would be able to find out how many texts were sent and when to see if they played a part in the crash. The tool prevents police from reading any content, so there is no invasion of privacy.
Texting while driving dramatically increases the likelihood of an accident, with many experts stating that it is just as dangerous as driving drunk. If you have been injured in a car accident due to a driver who was texting or otherwise distracted, please call the experienced legal team of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at (414) 271-0900 to learn more about the legal options that are available to you.