Denver, Colorado's Personal Injury Law Blog


If a Textalyzer Law Passes, Will it Limit Distracted Driving Accidents?

If a Textalyzer Law Passes, Will it Limit Distracted Driving Accidents?

 Posted by:    Apr 21, 2016  


personal injury treating doctorNew York State is considering a first-of-its-kind device that would allow police officers to check motorists' cell phones for evidence of distracted driving prior to a car crash. It would provide law enforcement officers a system developed by the company helping the FBI crack the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone to detect phone use without accessing other information.

"I have often heard there is no such thing as a breathalyzer for distracted driving—so we created one," founder of the nonprofit behind the legislation Ben Lieberman stated. "Respecting drivers' personal privacy, however, is also important, and we are taking meticulous steps to not violate those rights."

If the bill becomes law, it would act as model legislation for other states and be especially powerful for a reason similar to breathalyzer laws: motorists who fail to comply with the check for texting while driving risk giving up their licenses because of "implied consent" language within the bill, establishing probable cause for the searches based on inference of likely usage.

This would further strengthen laws already in place in Colorado which has more strict distracted driving laws. Drivers under the age of 18 face a $50 fine for first-time offenses of any cell phone usage and $100 thereafter. Adults face similar fines but only for texting. Either way, the crash data analysis provided would likely be a much larger deterrent given the high costs of recovering a driving license.

The Stats Behind The Textalyzer-Breathalyzer Debate
Mothers Against Drunk Driving and other organizations have made the images of drinking and driving in movies like "Dazed and Confused" no longer cool but outright dangerous. According to the Huffington Post, there are still 10,000 or more fatalities each year as a result of drunk driving. The problem with distracted driving? It isn't far behind.

As the incidences of drunk driving are decreasing, texting is up, a lot. Six times as many people are seen texting compared to a decade ago. More than 3,000 deaths come as a result of distracted driving of some sort. More importantly, no one really seems to mind, and it isn't just those tricky teens.

No, in fact, nearly half of all adults have put themselves in danger of a serious auto accident with injuries, by driving while using a cell phone. So while the perception of teens not thinking that texting is an issue (only 40 percent of them believe that, according to the NHTSA).

Get Help with Your Distracted Driving Accident Injuries Today
Regardless of state statutes, personal injury attorneys like those here at Anderson, Hemmat & McQuinn have helped victims of accidents caused by texting while driving through the use of evidence available and other means. Call us at (303) 782-9999 or fill out the quick case evaluation form today for a no-cost, hassle-free consultation about your potential injury case.









Current Post Comments


Quick & Easy Contact

Are You a Robot? - Help

Review Us Online

Review Anderson Hemmat & McQuinn on Google Plus
Review Anderson Hemmat & McQuinn on Facebook
Review Anderson Hemmat & McQuinn on Lawyers.com
Review Anderson Hemmat & McQuinn on Yelp
Review Anderson Hemmat & McQuinn on AVVO
Talk to Anderson Hemmat & McQuinn Past Clients

Firm Associations

  • Featured in Super Lawyer Magazine
    Featured in Super Lawyers
  • AV Preeminent Rating 2017
    AV Peer Review Rated
  • Colorado Supreme Court
    Colorado Supreme Court
  • AVVO Rated Law Firm
    AVVO 10.0 Rated Law Firm
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
    Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
    Colorado Bar Association
  • National Trial Lawyers
    National Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice
    American Association for Justice
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
    American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • Find Law
    Featured on Find Law
  • ASLA
    American Society of Legal Advocates
  • CATL
    Class Action Trial Lawyers Association
  • Rue Rated Attorneys
    Rue Rated Attorneys
  • Justia
    Justia Member
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forums
    Million Dollar Advocates Forums
  • lawyers.com
    Featured on www.lawyers.com
  • NAOPIA
    National Academy of P.I. Attorneys
  • NOLO
    NOLO
  • hg.org
    Featured on www.hg.org
  • Top American Lawyers Association
    Top American Lawyers Association
  • Best Law Firms of America
    Best Law Firms of America
  • Trial Masters
    Trial Masters Member

Blog Post Archive

INJURY LAW UPDATES

Captcha Image
Anderson, Hemmat & McQuinn
5613 DTC Pkwy #150 Greenwood Village , CO 80111
Phone: (303) 782-9999

The information on this website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information on this website is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing of this information does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.

Copyright © Anderson, Hemmat & McQuinn | By +Chad Hemmat | Denver Accident Injury Attorneys | Personal Injury Blog | About Anderson, Hemmat & McQuinn | Privacy

Anderson Hemmat Logo

Secure Client Area Login




Lost your password? Click here to reset it...

Anderson Hemmat Logo

Reset Your Password