Texting and driving has become a major issue for all drivers on the road, no matter how young or old. Most consumers use their phones for email, social media, keeping in contact with friends, and more.
Since smartphones have nearly become part of our bodies, it is common to pick up the phone whenever it is near. However, texting and driving has caused hundreds of serious accidents throughout the United States, including deadly accidents. Luckily, there are a few solutions that could be used to decrease the bad habit of texting and driving while behind the wheel.
One of the ways that some phone manufacturers are stopping texting while driving is through the use of apps. Some phone applications can be downloaded to place the phone in lockdown mode when the phone senses that it is travelling at a speed that would require driving.
This means that phone calls, text messages, and other alerts will be silenced so that they are not heard while driving. These downloads can help stop the compulsion that most people feel when they hear an alert from their phone.
There have been personal injury lawsuits that have been filed against phone manufacturers due to the fact that people have the ability to text and drive. Since phone manufacturers can install apps to help stop texting and driving, there is a camp of individuals who feel that the manufacturers are liable as they failed to make use of safety mechanisms that are readily available.
Although new mechanisms and devices can arise over time to help curb distracted driving, the onus is on those who are texting and driving to stop their own behavior. Setting the phone down and driving safely, as with any other form of distracted driving, is the responsibility of the person who is behind the wheel. And if that person causes an auto accident, he or she should be held accountable.
Have you been hurt in a car accident because of a distracted driver? If you or someone you love has been injured because of someone else’s negligence, you could be entitled to financial compensation for your damages. Contact the Law Offices of Gary Greenberg for help with your case by calling 414-271-7007 or by completing the form below for a free consultation.