There are numerous ways that technology impacts accident law, and understanding some of the basic points can help you see more clearly just why it deserves your attention in a big way. There are pros and cons here, and both impact accident law and personal injury cases.
First, it’s worth touching on the obvious. From texting to Facebook to Pokémon Go, people use their mobile devices while on the go. But when these things are done while driving, it becomes a major distraction that actually increases the risks on Florida roads. Just looking at a simple two-word text is all it takes to distract you long enough to create an accident. In short, technology has plenty of benefits, but it’s added some risks to our travels as well.
However, despite those increased risks, technology has also made it much easier for authorities, courts, insurance companies, and personal injury lawyers to determine fault in accidents. Proving fault involves showing that someone acted in a negligent or reckless manner, and with today’s technology it’s easier than ever to do so. Here are some of the ways technology plays a major part in personal injury law.
- Mobile Device History – This is one of the most common ways of determining fault that is used today. By obtaining mobile device history, it’s easy to show courts what occurred leading up to the accident. From phone calls to texts to tweets to checking Facebook, it’s all there in the device history and can quickly determine if distracted driving occurred.
- Video – We live in an interconnected age, and cameras are everywhere, whether you like it or not. In most Florida areas, security cameras may be present and could show a view of the road where the accident occurred. They could make it easier to determine what occurred.
- Black Box Data – Today, all semi-trucks and most modern vehicles have data recorders in them similar to those on aircraft. These data recorders can show things like speed, braking information, turning info, and more. Compiled properly, the information can be used to determine if unsafe driving led to an accident.
And these are just three of the most common ways that good personal injury attorneys will use technology to determine who is at fault in an accident. By using all of the available information, your attorney may be able to show that the other party was to blame and that you are owed compensation for your injuries.
Our team is here to help. With decades of experience in the field and a history of utilizing all available tools and technologies to determine fault and prove it in the case, we have offices throughout Florida. Contact us today for a free case evaluation to find out more about what kind of steps you can take to get the compensation you deserve.