New iPhone Feature to Prevent WrecksMay 23, 2018
The majority of distracted driving accidents are caused by drivers who are either talking or texting on their phones. Apple has taken proactive steps to address this issue, by incorporating a new feature in the iPhone iOS 11 that targets distracted driving. In addition to a revamped control center, updated design elements, and extended keyboard features, the new iPhone OS includes a “Do Not Disturb While Driving” feature. This warns drivers to put their phones down while they are driving. Early evidence suggests that the feature may be working as intended.
Despite awareness campaigns, ads, and commercials featuring tragic fatalities caused by texting and driving, this type of distracted driving behavior remains one of the leading examples of unsafe driving. In fact, speeding is the only unsafe driving behavior that causes more wrecks than distracted driving. For consumers who own an iPhone with iOS 11, the “Do Not Disturb While Driving” app can mute all notifications while they are driving, and the iPhone’s screen will remain dark. In addition, the app allows consumers to program the device to send an automatic message to specified contacts, telling them that they are driving and will get back to them when they are no longer driving.
Auto insurance company EverQuote developed an app called EverDrive, which monitors people’s driving habits. According to a report issued by EverQuote, EverDrive logged over 780 million driving miles, covering trips from Boston to San Francisco and back, to monitor the driving habits of American motorists. They found that drivers spent an average of six percent of their driving time on the phone. In other words, they covered over 46 million miles while on the phone. They also found that the average drive time was 29 minutes, over three of which were spent on the phone.
Distracted Driving Kills
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), sending a text that involves taking your eyes off the road for a mere five seconds is comparable to driving the length of a football field blindfolded. In addition, the CDC reports that there are close to 10 deaths and 1,000 distracted driving-related accidents each day in the United States.
EverQuote reported that roughly 80 percent of EverDrive users who have iOS 11 used the app within the first month of its release. Of those drivers, 75 percent believe that the feature encourages them to be safer drivers. In addition, there was an eight percent decrease in phone use among drivers who used the “Do Not Disturb While Driving” feature.
Baltimore Car Wreck Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Seek Justice for Victims of Distracted Driving Accidents
If you have been injured in a car accident involving a distracted driver, do not hesitate to contact the Baltimore car wreck lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. Many of these accidents are preventable if drivers keep their attention focused on the road instead of on their phones. We are committed to securing the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your injuries. Protecting your rights is our top priority. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent injured victims in Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Prince George’s County, Queen Anne’s County, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.