A class action lawsuit is being brought against tech giant, Apple, Inc., based on allegations that Apple refuses to install a program in its smartphones that would prevent drivers from texting while driving a vehicle.
The claimants argue that such a program is vital to safeguard motorists and passengers from using their phones while behind the wheel and instead giving their full attention to the road. In California, 26% of all traffic accidents are caused by motorists who are using their cell phones while driving. One of the named plaintiffs in the suit alleges that he was struck while sitting at a red light by a distracted driver who was texting. He claims that Apple refuses to take these measures because of concerns it would have a negative impact on their profits.
Texting, or otherwise using your phone while driving, is a serious issue that poses a seemingly ever-growing danger to drivers, especially in the state of Florida. In 2015, Florida roadways saw 45,740 accidents caused by distracted drivers, resulting in 214 fatalities. Broward and Miami-Dade counties each saw 3,762 and 4,445 of those accidents, respectively.
Texting and driving is prohibited by law in Florida, however, it is a secondary offense, meaning that police would need to pull a driver over for a different offense first before being able to cite a driver for texting. The fine for a driver’s first citation is only $30.
The point is, the roads and highways of Fort Lauderdale, Miami and other areas of Broward and Miami-Dade counties are dangerous enough, already. Using a cell phone while driving adds an unnecessary element of risk that a driver will be involved in a collision, and while someone may be willing to take that risk, the unsuspecting driver or passengers who are struck have not engaged in any such risk.
If you have been involved in a car accident in South Florida, be sure to make every possible effort to take note of the other driver’s actions, especially if you are able to determine whether or not they were on their phone at the time of the accident. Following the accident, it is important to consult with an experienced and skillful Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorney to learn your rights, and more importantly, to ensure that your interests are protected.
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