It’s not secret that texting while driving has been on the rise for years. Texting as a form of communication has become so engrained in our day-to-day lives that many individuals fail to recognize the inherent dangers of taking attention off the road in order to send a message.
The number of accidents caused by texting is a sobering reminder of the dangers both to the person texting and to everyone else on the road. After an accident, many individuals at fault will realize that texting was a core cause of the accident and will attempt to delete their data in order to seem less culpable. Forensic companies and legal institutions are beginning to take action against that kind of evidence tampering.
A recent Study by McCann Investigations elicits some interesting thoughts from the Computer Forensics side of things:
Texting, and other forms of distracted driving such as talking on the phone or surfing the web have been the cause of many accidents resulting in fatalities. Statistics show that more than half of drivers under the age of 35 text while driving. Texting while driving has surpassed driving while intoxicated as the number one killer of teenagers, with almost half of teenagers admitting to being in a car while the driver is texting. This case study highlights the growing concern with distracted drivers and the increase of fatalities resulting from texting while driving. McCann Investigations is a computer forensics provider that has worked on cases involving the extraction and analysis of data from a mobile device in order to determine the activity that was taking place on the device at the moment of the accident.
In order to hide texting activity, a driver may attempt to delete messages. While permanently wiping data from a smart phone is possible, the average user typically is not tech savvy enough to accomplish this. In most cases, a computer forensics examiner will be able to recover deleted data.
Completely wiping the data off of a cell phone is difficult to do quickly. If the item is confiscated near the time of the crash the user will have little opportunity to overwrite data with more texts, calls, images, etc. Of course, there is no guarantee that a cell phone will be confiscated as evidence at the scene of an accident.
As a victim of a text-and-driver, it may be valuable to know about the recoverability of data on a cell phone even if the user has taken steps to conceal that evidence. After taking care of medical issues and contacting a legal representative, do not hesitate to address the possible need of a Computer Forensics Specialist. Secured and court admissible digital data can change the outcome of a trial and help an innocent victim secure proper monetary compensation.