LA Distracted Driving Accident Lawyers Pleased with Efforts to Curb Texting & Driving
Texting and driving has become a widespread problem across the U.S., accounting for hundreds of car accidents, injuries and deaths every year. The Los Angeles distracted driving accident lawyers at Ellis Law are pleased to see efforts to curb this potentially deadly problem on a number of levels.
From technology innovations to national campaigns, the focus is on reducing and even eliminating the dangers posed by distracted drivers.
Developing technology blocks texting while driving
To help reduce the number of accidents on the road caused by texting and driving, public safety advocates have called on the technology industry to produce a device that would prohibit texting while a car is in motion.
Scott Tibbitts, a chemical engineer and entrepreneur from Boulder, Colorado, is currently making efforts to answer that call. Tibbitts’ most recent company, Katasi, specializes in technology that will stop drivers from texting while behind the wheel.
Tibbitts originally partnered with American Family Insurance and Sprint to create the first cloud-based system to disable the texting function of a cell phone while a car is in motion. Called Groove, the device is marketed to teen and young adult drivers that are the most likely to text behind the wheel. In addition to the disabling function, Groove incorporates a game that allows drivers to collect points for “focused” or undistracted driving. The points can be cashed in for discounts on local products and services.
While Groove offers plenty of promise in encouraging safer driving habits, Tibbitts new device has hit a snag. Just prior to the planned launch of the product this past summer, Sprint backed out of the partnership, citing liability issues. Tibbitts is now searching for new cell phone carriers to partner with his company to make Groove available to drivers.
National campaign puts focus on texting dangers
While Tibbitts has been busy in the development mode, the U.S. Department of Transportation has been working to raise awareness of the dangers of texting and driving. In April 2014, the department launched the “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” Campaign to highlight the serious risks associated with distracted driving. Ads were run across a wide range of mediums, including social media channels. Thousands of law enforcement officers across the country were also involved in the campaign, which ran from April 10th to April 15th.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx also noted the differences a distracted driving crackdown can make on the road. In California, police reported that more than 10,000 tickets were issued for violations involving cell phones during the campaign week. Use of hand-held devices also appeared to drop by about one-third during that time.
Filing a California texting & driving accident lawsuit
Despite the good intentions of public officials and business owners, texting and driving is still a primary concern in the U.S. According to Distraction.gov, drivers in their 20s make up more than one-fourth of all the distracted drivers involved in fatal crashes in the U.S. In 2012, more than 3,300 people were killed in those crashes and another 421,000 were injured in accidents involving distracted driving.
If you are one of the victims of those accidents, you know how challenging it can be to bounce back from accident-related injuries. The cost of medical treatment and rehabilitation, coupled with lost wages from time off work, can put a strain on the entire family. If the unthinkable occurs and you lose a family member in one of these accidents, it can feel like the entire family will never be able to reach a state of normalcy again.
The LA distracted driving accident lawyers at Ellis Law understand the life-changing nature of these tragic events. Our legal team works daily with accident victims to help them pursue all the legal compensation they are entitled to. From the free case evaluation to your court date, we will be by your side, protecting your rights and ensuring you get the help you need.
Call us today at 310-641-3335 to talk to a Los Angeles car accident attorney and to learn more about your legal options.