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Lawsuit seeks to hold Apple accountable for distracted driving

Federal data suggests that texting while driving is six times more dangerous than getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. Many distracted driving accidents in Texas have involved motorists who were looking at smartphone screens instead of the road ahead. A class-action lawsuit filed against Apple accuses the smartphone leader of not doing enough to protect road users from the menace of distracted drivers.

Texas pedestrians are at risk

An average of thirteen pedestrians die each day around the country after being struck by a vehicle, according to reports from an advocacy group. In 2014, these types of accidents took the lives of nearly 5,000 pedestrians, and the rate is increasing. The report found that pedestrian fatalities are disproportionately higher in low-income neighborhoods, and about 45 percent of pedestrian fatalities that occurred from 2005 to 2014 were Hispanics and non-whites.

Determining liability in borrowed car crashes

In Texas and elsewhere, a car insurance policy follows the car as opposed to the driver. Therefore, if an individual gets into an accident in a borrowed vehicle, the vehicle owner's insurance policy would determine what is covered and what isn't after the crash. In some instances, the driver's insurance policy may also be used to cover any damages.

Texas woman sued Uber over 2015 accident

A 25-year-old Texas woman who was left paralyzed from the mid-chest down after a November 2015 rollover crash has filed a lawsuit against the driver of the Honda Odyssey involved, the vehicle's owner, the Honda Motor Company and the ride-sharing service Uber. The police investigation into the accident discovered that the 39-year-old man behind the wheel of the Honda minivan had a criminal record that included drug and gambling charges, and the woman says that he ran a red light before crashing and should not have been hired by Uber.

NHTSA suggests driver mode for cellphones

One way that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hopes to reduce the number of accidents caused by distracted drivers is to limit how people can use their cellphones while they are behind the wheel. Cellphone use is a common cause of Texas car and truck accidents, and the NHTSA has recommended that mobile device manufacturers create a driver mode.

Lawsuit names Apple in Texas distracted driving crash

A fatal car crash caused by a 20-year-old driver has resulted in a lawsuit being filed on behalf of the surviving family. Court filings allege that Apple Inc. contributed to the wreck that severely hurt a man and killed his 5-year-old daughter. An application known as FaceTime had reportedly distracted the driver who struck the family's car. According to the police report, the app was still active on the driver's smartphone when emergency personnel responded to the accident. The lawsuit claims that Apple possessed the technology to prevent FaceTime from working inside a moving vehicle.

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