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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.

The family's legal team cited the patent records filed in 2008 that explained a feature meant to lock out drivers. Because Apple did not deploy this feature with the FaceTime app, the plaintiffs insist that the company chose profits over safety features.

The accident occurred on Christmas Eve 2014. The family car was hit by a vehicle that had not reduced speed in congested traffic. The driver admitted to using FaceTime. The technology giant has not issued a statement regarding the accusations in the lawsuit.

When people get injured in car crashes, personal injury lawsuits sometimes recover compensation from negligent drivers to cover medical bills, lost income, and more. A person hurt in a motor vehicle accident could reach out to an attorney for assistance preparing a lawsuit. An attorney could evaluate the evidence and determine how much coverage might be provided by an insurance policy. Along with filing papers with the court, an attorney could directly engage the responsible parties and negotiate a settlement prior to going to court. These services might allow an injured person to navigate the legal system and gain adequate compensation.

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