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The “Textalyzer” Aims to Decrease Cell Phone Texting Accidents

April 18, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

When a motor vehicle accident is caused by a potential drunk driver, police will administer a breathalyzer test to determine if the driver had too much to drink before getting behind the wheel. However, with one in four crashes on the road involving texting while driving, how are police to determine at the scene of an accident if texting was involved? One advocacy group is looking to solve that problem with the introduction of a device nicknamed the textalyzer.

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Avoiding Texting While Driving: Your Safest Bet

November 25, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

According to the new website www.stoptextsstopwrecks.org “five seconds is the average time your eyes are of the road while texting. When traveling at 55 mph, that's enough time to cover the length of a football field.”  Five seconds is a lifetime when a life or death situation presents itself, yet many drivers do it all time, thinking they have enough time to anticipate an accident, or cause their reflexes to come into play quickly and effectively.  Not so. 

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Using Your Cell Phone as a Primary GPS: Read This Before You Act

July 15, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

With technology all over the place, there are enough distractions on the road without multitasking one device with another. In a recent case in Massachusetts, an 18-year old was distracted by her global positioning system (GPS) when she hit a 56-year old man by the side of the road, killing him instantly when he was thrown from the scene.  The driver admitted she had been using her GPS at the time of the incident. Any in-car devices that take our eyes off the road can be dangerous, and we’ve heard over and over about about the dangers of texting while driving. Adjusting the GPS while driving is just as dangerous as texting. Even more danger comes when someone multitasks by using the cell phone as the GPS.

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Multitasking While Driving? Don’t Even Think About It!

November 16, 2012 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Much debate can be had as to what is considered the most distracting activity while driving, but the truth remains that talking on the phone still accounts for many accidents.  Cell phone distraction does not only refer to the physical task of driving one-handed and holding the phone with the other, but the mental distraction as one focuses on conversation rather than the road.  With so many apps available on modern phones such as texting, videos, GPS capability and news alerts, more and more information is directed at the driver, taking attention away from the primary task at hand.  It has been shown that distractions in a vehicle cause slower reaction time to traffic alerts, untimely lane changes, misjudgment of vehicle speed, and inability to judge distances between cars. 

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