It is no secret that the use of cell phones while driving significantly increased car accident rates across the U.S. That impact increased sharply when smart phones brought everything from text messages to full Internet access behind the wheel of moving vehicles.
Until recently, each Tuscaloosa auto injury lawyer at our firm believed that powered-off smart phones are the only safe phones to have in moving vehicles. However, the development of apps that focus on driving safety can help reduce the inherent risks.
According to Consumer Reports, a number of cell phone companies now offer free apps that help drivers automatically avoid texting while driving with these features:
Apps with these features are becoming more common offerings from wireless phone companies, but similar free or low-cost versions are also available for download.
According to the most recent available research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 31 percent of surveyed U.S. drivers between age 18 and 64 reported having read or sent texts or email messages while driving in the month prior to the survey. This means that about one out of three cars sharing the road with responsible drivers may have their eyes and minds focused on something other than the road.
While smart phone apps might reduce the risk, no driver should expect significantly-safer roads unless these types of protections become mandatory for all smart phones, which is unlikely to happen any time in the near future.
Unfortunately, when distracted driving of any kind causes car accidents, proving liability for injuries often requires specialized investigation. It is important to seek knowledgeable legal advice as soon as possible after an accident.
Distracted Driving Apps For When Willpower Fails, USA Today, April 30, 2014
Tuscaloosa Traffic Accidents – Cell Phones Not Only Distraction, Tuscaloosa Car Accident blog