July 11, 2017

Texting and Driving

Texting and Driving

Distracted Driving Cases Significantly Increased the Need for Texting While Driving Experts

As experts in the field of digital forensics, Data Specialist Group has been increasingly called upon to investigate cases where cell phones were used to commit crimes. Currently, we are working on a case where a person was distracted while driving, and inadvertently crashed into an unsuspecting victim. Using our state-of-the-art crime lab, we were able to find that the person was indeed texting and driving.

Unfortunately, these are becoming the great bulk of our forensic cases.

The Florida Department of Safety and Motor Vehicles reported more than 45,000 distracted driving crashes in 2015. The three leading counties were Orange County (5506), Miami-Dade (4445), and Hillsborough (3896). As a reult of these distracted driving crashes, there were more than 39,000 injuries and 214 deaths in Florida alone. These statistics become much more staggering if we consider the whole of the United States, where 9 Americans are killed every day from distracted driving accidents. These were injuries and deaths that could have been prevented by simply focusing on the road.

To avoid distracted driving, It is important to understand the different ways a driver could become distracted:

Visual: Taking your eyes off the road.

Manual: Taking your hands off the steering wheel.

Cognitive: Thinking about anything other than driving.

Interestingly enough, texting requires all three types of distraction. This means that texting and driving could not possibly be more dangerous! However, texting and driving is not the only way phones could be used to become distracted while driving. Answering phone calls, talking on the phone, and even glancing at notifications on our phones are causes for distracted driving.

One study revealed that on average, a driver takes their eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds to text. If we consider the speed of the vehicle they are driving, let’s say, 55mph, they have driven the length of a football field before they look up at the road!

With the increased pace of life, and the need to be connected overshadows the danger of distracted driving, we foresee that these types of cases will become more prevalent. It is necessary for the public to know that if they are a victim of a person that is distracted while driving, the experts at Data Specialist Group can help.

Data Specialist Group difference we offer’s the best return on your investment when it comes to mobile forensics. The company you hire based on price alone, may only process your mobile device using one forensic tool. That tool may not be the best tool for your device or the data you intend to recover. The evidence that tool fails to recover, may just be the evidence you needed. When it comes to mobile forensics, DSG uses the best “tools” based upon the given device.  We have on of the most extensive mobile forensics labs in Tampa Bay Florida, if not all of Florida. In most cases we can provide results within 24 hours. DSG has invested in the same experts and mobile forensic tools as federal and state law enforcement agencies. Our smartphone forensics lab includes  XRYEncase 7, Cellebrite, Access Data’s MPE Plus, Lantern, Mobile Edit, and Oxygen just to name a few.  We only use proven tools that recognized by the courts.

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  • 20 years of experience conducting counter surveillance (Bug Sweeps)
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