Computers, smartphones, and other digital devices have become integral parts of our lives, dramatically increasing our connectivity, productivity, and quality of life. They are some of the most used devices day-to-day, enabling us to work, play, learn, communicate, and so much more. These devices provide vast amounts of information to us wherever we are. They also store vast amounts of information.
Smartphones put the world at our fingertips. And while there are many upsides to this, they can be a distraction, especially when driving, biking, walking, etc. Any increase in driver distraction can lead to an increase in collisions, injuries, and fatalities. Critical data that can be obtained from smartphones that can be beneficial to accident reconstructions.
Bloomberg Consulting is one of the few accident reconstruction companies in the country with the training and experience in smartphone forensics that is required in order to download the digital data from smartphones, and analyze and apply that data to our accident reconstruction analyses. Examples of critical data that can be obtained from smartphones include:
- Deleted photos, videos, and other data.
- Was the driver’s phone locked or unlocked at the time of the accident?
- Was the driver on a call at the time of the accident?
- Was the driver texting at the time of the accident?
- Was the driver emailing at the time of the accident?
- Was the driver surfing the Web at the time of the accident?
- Was the driver using an App at the time of the accident?
- Was an App running in the background at the time of the accident?
- Was the driver taking a photo or video at the time of the accident?
- GPS Location Data & Mapping used to determine vehicle speed, route, etc.
Vehicle Infotainment Systems, tablet-like touch screen pads in higher-end vehicles, are designed to inform and entertain vehicle occupants. They can connect advanced driver assist systems, smartphones, and telematics devices in a single point of use. These systems can provide occupants with insights on speed, navigation, climate, and multimedia options. They also store this data related to what was going on inside, and sometimes outside, the vehicle at any given time. We have experts trained in the retrieval and analysis of data from vehicle infotainment systems. This data can help in accident reconstructions by determining speed, direction, location, and providing data on the use of other devices/systems during the time of an accident.
Computers are used in nearly all facets of our lives. As such, they contain enormous amounts of data about our daily lives. When extracted, correctly documented, and preserved, this data has been successfully used in criminal and civil proceedings.
Bloomberg Consulting has a dedicated digital forensics expert with the training, certification, and expertise to access and analyze digital data from almost any device and apply that data to your case.
Bloomberg Consulting uses the digital data from smartphones as one piece of the accident reconstruction puzzle. Call us today for more information about these services or to set up a smartphone download.