Apple has announced an upcoming software update that will include a feature it hopes will help keep drivers from using their phones while driving.  The Do Not Disturb While Driving Mode will enable iPhones to detect when someone may be driving and will automatically silence notifications to keep the screen dark.  Users will have the option to send an automatic reply to contacts notifying them that they are currently driving and won’t be able to respond until they’ve reached their destination.

While some may consider this a nuisance, if you’ve ever driven on the roads of Broward and Miami-Dade Counties, you can plainly see just how many drivers are operating their vehicles and their phones at the same time.  The issue is often a popular topic of discussion during the lead-up to Florida legislative sessions, as many citizens and advocate groups seek stricter penalties for texting behind the wheel.  Their concerns are justified, as we see more and more Florida car accidents caused by distracted drivers.

Currently, texting and driving is only a secondary offense in Florida, meaning that you can only be cited if you’ve been pulled over for a separate offense.  Though, arguments against such legislation contend that there must be a proper balance established between maintaining safe roadways and the civil liberties of Florida’s citizens.  In all likelihood, no matter what laws are passed, Florida drivers will continue to text and drive, and unfortunately, will also continue to cause accidents.  Developments in technology that restrict the use of phones while driving may be the only way to truly limit this danger.

If you or someone you know has been involved in a Florida car accident caused by a distracted driver or otherwise, it is imperative that you consult with an experienced and skillful Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorney to ensure that your best interests are adequately represented.

For more information on this topic or any other, please contact the Schulman Law Group at (954) 349-3300 or at info@schulaw.com