Should Apple Use Lockout Feature to Prevent Texting and Driving?
Should Apple Use Lockout Feature to Prevent Texting and Driving?

Apple faces a class action lawsuit for failing to utilize its lockout feature while users are texting and driving. The suit was filed in Los Angeles state court by Julio Ceja, who was rear-ended by a texting driver.

The lawsuit alleges that Apple received a patent of the lockout feature in 2014. Thus, the company has the ability to prevent users from texting while driving. Ceja says Apple’s failure to use this feature violates California’s consumer protection laws.

Ceja’s attorney claims that legislation can only go so far in preventing distracted driving. He asserts that lockout devices are the only way to realistically prevent drivers from texting behind the wheel.

How Dangerous is Texting and Driving?

Texting while driving makes you 23 times more likely to get into a crash. Texting requires you to take your eyes off the road for at least five seconds; if you’re traveling 55 mph, you will drive the length of a football field without looking at the road in that amount of time. Moreover, in 2011 about 23% of crashes involved cell phones.

“Considering mobile devices are involved in nearly one-quarter of all crashes on the road, we have a problem that requires effort from everyone, including technology creators, to solve,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

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DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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