Apple released many new concepts on Monday; new gadgets, speakers, operating systems etc. Apple also informed the public, that with the new version of iOS, the iPhone will detect if you are driving and will silence your incoming text messages, emails or phone calls. It will show a black screen if the driver picks up the phone. This feature is called, Do Not Disturb While Driving or DNDWD.

Distracted driving accidents kill thousands of people every year. According to Time Magazine, Apple felt pressure to address the coming issue of texting and driving. Unfortunately, this feature is not perfect and there are some loopholes. You can override DNDWD by confirming you are a passenger. You will then be capable of using it normally. You may designate certain contacts in your phone to receive notifications while the DNDWD is enabled.

These caveats bring multiple arguments to the table. Can you use navigation while the DNDWD feature is enabled? What if you received a call from your children’s school informing you your child is hurt? However, there are uses for phones in cars, and Bluetooth capabilities are implemented in most cars today. Will DNDWD actually save lives? Hopefully, drivers do not disable the feature by claiming they are a passenger. Hopefully, it brings awareness to drivers when they attempt to use their phone and the screen is black…There are too many tragic scenarios where drivers have sent an emoji, or just a simple, “lol” and caused the death of another.

Harris Personal Injury Lawyers encourages all drivers to drive handsfree. The truth is that most “accidents” could have been avoided. If you have lost a loved one as a result of the negligence of another, please contact our law office for a free case consultation.


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