Distracted driving is a problem across our country. As cell phones have replaced home phones, and on-the-go-offices have been implemented over standard cubicles, people behind the wheel have been overtaken with emails, texts, and calls that take their attention away from the road.
With this occurring almost everywhere, you can never be too careful when driving. Staying vigilant and having strong Las Vegas personal injury attorneys on your side may come in handy when faced with a distracted driver.
The Nuts & Bolts of the Lawsuit
The lawsuit filed by MLG Automotive Law is interesting. In short, it alleges that Apple has the technological capabilities to lock out unsafe phone use, effectively eliminating texting while driving.
The class action lawsuit centers around a single plaintiff. According to the filing, Julio Ceja was stopped at a red light when he was hit from behind by another driver who was using her iPhone.
In 2014, Apple was granted a patent for a technology that could potentially block users from texting and driving. As it stands, this appears to be the basis for the plaintiff in this case. It’s worth noting, however, this technology could have its downfalls, and it’s highly possible Apple hasn’t released the technology as a result of potentially problematic scenarios.
Who’s Phone Gets Disabled?
Apple’s lockout technology could, in fact, prevent numerous accidents and deaths, should it be implemented. The question is — is this Apple’s job?
The lawsuit specifically targets Apple, although there are plenty of other devices being used on the road daily. According to 9to5Mac.com, “The suit cites data from the U.S. Department of Transportation that claims 1.5 million people are texting and driving at any given moment.”
This is a red flag to Las Vegas personal injury attorneys. To begin with, who’s to say all of these 1.5 million drivers are using Apple devices? It’s highly unlikely any cell phone manufacturer could be singled out for this cause.
Additionally, Apple’s lockout technology largely relies on the speed in which the user is traveling. This begs the question — What happens to cell phone users’ devices if they’re simply passengers in a moving vehicle? Should all phones be disabled if they’re in vehicles traveling at certain speeds?
Our Las Vegas personal attorneys would argue, most people would not wish to have their mobile devices locked if they were simply passengers in moving vehicles. So, how would the court distinguish these users? At present, there is no distinction. Perhaps this is one of the reasons Apple hasn’t moved forward on its patented technology.
Contact Las Vegas Personal Injury Attorneys
If you’ve been hit by someone who was texting and driving, contact GGRM, a team of Las Vegas personal injury attorneys that specialize in vehicular accidents. GGRM will be able to examine your case and help you understand your rights if you were in an accident caused by a distracted driver. Call 702-388-4476 for a free consultation today.