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Lawsuit filed against Apple for distracted driving accidents

New York motorists may be interested in seeing that a class action lawsuit was filed against Apple on Jan. 17 in Los Angeles Superior Court. The lead plaintiff is a woman who was rear-ended at a stoplight by another person she claims was using her iPhone. In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs ask the court to prohibit Apple from selling new iPhone 6s in California that don't have a safety lock feature installed. Apple reportedly has had the safety feature technology that would prevent drivers from texting since 2008 and obtained a patent for it in 2014. The lawsuit also requests that Apple be required to update phones that have already been purchased with this safety measure.

The lawsuit comes at a time when distracted driving is at an all-time high. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, as many as 1.5 million people are texting and driving at any given moment. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proclaims that texting while driving is six times as dangerous as drunk driving. A statistic put forth by the National Safety Council showed that 26 percent of automobile accidents in the U.S. in 2014 were caused by a texting driver.

Like New York, California has laws prohibiting distracted driving, but they are notoriously hard to enforce. It's not always possible for law enforcement officers to ascertain whether someone was texting while driving, and drivers often flatly deny that they were. In order to be able to search a driver's phone, an officer first must obtain a warrant, which is often a lengthy, complicated process. As a result, police officers often choose to believe the drivers and let them go instead of issuing citations.

When people are injured in automobile accidents that were caused by distracted drivers, a personal injury attorney can review the police investigation report and other evidence to demonstrate negligence. The attorney can then seek appropriate compensation for medical bills and other losses that have been sustained.

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