We know we shouldn’t text and drive, but what we know and what we do are frequently at odds. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately nine people are killed, and over a thousand are injured in car accidents involving distracted drivers every day.
Strict laws have been passed in New York to address this troubling and dangerous phenomenon. Between 2011 and 2016, there has been a statewide increase of 918% in the number of tickets issued for texting and driving, and even first-time offenders can be fined up to $200.
Now, it appears that tech companies are stepping up to combat the problem. Smartphone manufacturers have created apps and safety features intended to eliminate phone-related distractions.
Apple iOS 11
iOS11, the latest mobile operating system from Apple, has a built-in “Do Not Disturb While Driving” feature. When you connect your iPhone to your car via Bluetooth or cable, it will block incoming text notifications and provide the sender with an automatic message explaining that you are driving and cannot reply at the moment.
DriveSafe.ly™ is an app that uses iSpeech text to speech technology to read incoming texts and emails aloud without the driver having to pick up their phone. It works on both Android and Blackberry operating systems and allows phone owners to use a customizable auto-responder while they are on the road.
Conceived by a former police officer, Live2Txt is an Android app that blocks incoming calls and texts once it is activated. Phone owners can create an automated reply to these incoming communications, advising the caller or sender that they are driving. Parents who install it on their teenager’s phone will receive a text notification whenever Live2Txt is turned on or off.
This free app silences incoming phone calls and text alerts so that driving distractions are minimized. It activates once vehicle speed reaches 15 mph, and can be programmed to send automated text replies. Like similar apps, AT&T DriveMode can be configured to notify parents when it has been turned off.
Drive Safe Mode
Drive Safe Mode is designed to help parents monitor their teenager’s phone usage while driving. After the app is installed, they will be notified immediately if their teen driver is texting or using mobile apps like Facebook and Twitter while the car is moving. Alerts are also sent if the app is deliberately shut off.
While these technologies are proving to be effective in the battle against texting and driving, accidents continue to happen. If you are injured by a distracted driver, then contact a New York personal injury attorney who can get you the compensation you need.
If you were involved in an automobile accident in New York State, then it is important to seek medical treatment if you were injured and speak to a qualified attorney for legal advice. You may be entitled to receive compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, and medical bills–all past, present and future. Contact the law office of Jayson Lutzky, P.C. at 718-329-9500 or by visiting www.MyNewYorkCityLawyer.com to set up a free in-person appointment. Home and hospital consultations are available in the event of a serious injury.