The smartphone may be the greatest and most terrifying invention of the century.
We, as a society, have come to depend on our electronic gadgets and gizmos to remind us of everything from birthdays to business meetings, and of course, to keep up our social connections.
But the danger is that we use them wherever we are. Whether that means we use them in the bathroom despite the risk of dropping them in the sink, or in our automobiles despite the risk of causing a crash, we seem incapable of setting boundaries on our usage of these tools.
The New Apple Upgrade
Fortunately, the new Apple upgrade to iOS 11 contains a feature designed to prevent texting while driving. In addition to preventing drivers from sending or receiving texts and calls, the phone screen will lock and prevent drivers from using apps or other programs while the car is in motion. This is accomplished through a Bluetooth connection that can sense the vehicle’s acceleration.
Any Steps Against Distracted Driving Help
It is estimated that one out of every four motor vehicle accidents is due to a driver’s distraction. And the greatest distraction yet is the smartphone. This upgrade will allow users to choose whether to enable this function, true; but if selected, there will be no notifications visible on the screen while the vehicle is in motion.
Many drivers mistakenly assume that if they just check their phones for a “moment,” they can safely do so. Nope! There is no “safe” time to take one’s eyes off the road. While the majority of states have made texting and driving illegal, this does not prevent drivers from engaging in this unreasonably dangerous behavior.
Contact Our Dallas Accident Lawyers Today
If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident due to a distracted driver, reach out to Crowe Arnold & Majors, LLP as soon as possible to ensure that all evidence is collected while it is timely and fresh. Setting an investigation in motion right away can support a claim’s viability from the start. Don’t take a chance missing your statute of limitations. Please contact our office today for immediate legal assistance or call (214) 231-0544.