Cell phones have evolved quite a bit since the days of the phones that were the size of a shoe. People with cell phones now can do a lot more than just make calls — you can check your email on them, they can help you when you’re lost, and you can also send text messages.
Because text messaging has become a better choice for some people, some new companies want to create new software that blocks the use of cell phones while driving to prevent car accidents.
Our car accident lawyers know that texting while driving can be extremely dangerous. Texting could be the reason for a September train crash in Los Angeles along with a trolley collision in Boston in May. New laws have been passed in 17 states and the District of Colombia to ban texting while driving, but it just may not be enough.
Texting while driving continues to be implicated in numerous car accidents that have caused injuries like whiplash or spinal cord injuries, which could lead to paralysis. Severe automobile accidents can result in the wrongful death of one or more people.
Because of its popularity, companies are developing new technologies to prevent cell phone use altogether. Safe Driving Systems Corp. is building something that takes over a cell phone’s display when the driver begins to drive. The driver can get calls and texts, but can’t access them. An electronic “key” installed in the car emits a signal similar to Bluetooth that disables the keypad when the car is running.
Aegis Mobility, Inc., a Vancouver-based company, is creating something called DriveAssist. DriveAssist uses a phone’s GPS to detect when it’s moving at driving speeds and prevents incoming calls and texts.
Even though both creations disable a phone’s ability to send and receive calls and texts, emergency calls can still be made if the need arises.
The number of monthly texts has gone up significantly in the last three years. The 110.4 billion texts in the past three years in December 2008 is a large jump from 9.8 billion totaled in December 2005.
But all it takes is one text message to cause a car accident.
Our automobile accident lawyers want you to know that texting while driving is just as dangerous as driving under the influence alcohol and we feel it is our job to spread the word about preventing drunk driving from occurring in our community for many years to come. A driver’s focus should be on the road. No where else.
Isn’t it worth it to check that text message when you get to your destination if it saves a life?
Call us now at 1-858-551-2090 or click here for a free consultation with an experienced auto accident attorney and find out how we can help you. We speak English and Spanish, and we look forward to providing advice for your case. No fee if no recovery.
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Michael Pines is a former insurance company attorney who graduated from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 1987. While he was an insurance attorney, he learned from behind the scenes how insurance companies work and how they decide how much to pay injured people. Now that he works against insurance companies, Michael’s inside knowledge has resulted in significant benefits to his clients injured in car accidents. Learn more about Michael Pines