With the technology growth in the development of personal devices, an interesting question arises. Are smartphone makers doing enough to prevent fatal accidents?
Just recently a lawsuit was launched against Apple after a fatal collision in which one of the drivers was texting while driving. The lawsuit questions Apple’s liability in such accidents. It will be up to the court to decide whether or not cellphone makers are doing enough to prevent drivers from being distracted by notifications, calls, texts and whether they are liable in whole or in part for the accident.
Legal pundits suggest Apple would likely not be held liable in such cases because it is the sole decision of the phone owner to use the device in an inappropriate or illegal manner. Saying that the cellphone maker is responsible for the accident because the owner was irresponsible is a huge stretch.
Another school of thought proposes that cellphone makers need to take the responsibility to find ways to cut down on distracted driving. If something comes to light that could bar users from texting while driving, then they need to adopt it to make driving safer. For instance, limit or disable a device’s ability to be used when a vehicle is at driving speeds.
Thanks to its internal GPS chip and accelerometer the phone knows how fast it is moving. Interestingly, Apple has a patent relating to this area but it is unclear if it has been developed.
The bottom line is that if an individual wants to text while they drive, thinks it is okay to do so, thinks that nothing could happen to them and flaunts existing laws in relation to driving while distracted, there is not a lot that cellphone makers can do to change that mindset.