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As technology improves and expands, Rhode Island drivers face an increasing number of distractions while driving. Smart phones, navigation systems, in-vehicle entertainment, and a host of other devices can have deadly consequences for a driver who allows them to divert his or her attention from the road. This increasingly pervasive problem demands answers to an important question: how can these devices be made safer for use in vehicles?
Business Insider reports that Apple will release an expansive “Do Not Disturb While Driving” function for the iPhone with the iOS 11 operating system (due for release in late 2017). This comes after multiple wrongful death lawsuits have been filed against the tech giant.
The Guardian further reports that, while legal experts do not believe such lawsuits will prevail against Apple, they are nonetheless problematic for the company, because they have proven that Apple holds patents for Do Not Disturb technologies. This demonstrates that Apple has long known that phone use while driving is dangerous. Apple’s comprehensive Do Not Disturb While Driving feature is one way to address these dangers (and mitigate Apple’s legal liability). Other smart phone manufacturers are also exploring similar features and settings.
No technology can completely eradicate distracted driving from the roads of Rhode Island. Individual drivers must accept personal responsibility for practicing safe driving habits, and choose to avoid distractions both inside and outside of the vehicle. Teens are especially prone to the dangers of distracted driving. Their lack of driving experience and frequent use of technology can be a lethal combination. Parents are advised to set and enforce clear rules for the use of technology in the vehicle.
If you are involved in a distracted driving accident resulting in serious injuries or death, our law firm will work to help you recover damages.