Without question, texting while driving has become a serious problem on roads in the Orlando area. Our car accident attorneys in Orlando at the Law Offices of Richard B. Troutman understand that cellphone distractions over the past several years have become one of the top factors in serious car accidents. Some studies find that texting while driving is even more dangerous than drunk driving.
While some drivers make the smart choice of either shutting off their cellphones or keeping their devices out of reach, many drivers just can't resist reading an incoming message or sending a quick text. When they engage in this type of careless behavior, they are putting themselves and everyone else sharing the road at risk of serious injury or worse.
Technology, however, may help prevent drivers from texting. According to an April 2, 2014, article in WKMG Local 6, two Central Florida brothers have come up with an app that can make it impossible to text while driving. The brothers admit they used their phones in the past to text while driving on many occasions. One brother, Phil Stiles, told Local 6 that he wanted to create an app that would remove the temptation to text and drive. The app, called TXTShield, works like this: When a vehicle hits a certain speed, it will activate and the driver cannot read an inbound text or send an outbound text. If you text someone with the app, you will receive a message stating that the person is driving and unable to respond.
An App May Be the Answer for Drivers Who Are Tempted to Text Behind the Wheel
Studies find that drivers who text generally take their eyes off the road for about 5 seconds. If you're driving a car at 55 mph, you're essentially driving the length of a football field blindfolded. Most drivers who spend any amount of time on the road might notice someone who is swerving from lane to lane. A decade ago you might have thought that the driver was drunk. Nowadays, it's more likely that the person is distracted by a cellphone.
Apps such as the one detailed in Local 6 may help people who are habitual offenders when it comes to texting and driving. Parents also may want to consider making such cellphone apps a requirement for their teenage drivers. According to Local 6, parents can set up the app with a password so their teenagers won't be able to shut it off.
As experienced personal injury attorneys in Orlando, we are familiar with the struggles that victims of accidents go through. The impact of a texting while driving accident on an innocent person can be devastating - whether the victim is another driver, a pedestrian or someone on a motorcycle or bicycle. That's why it's important to seek the advice of legal counsel if you were injured or a loved one was injured or killed because someone made the careless choice to text and drive.
Central Florida accident victims and families who lost loved ones can contact Winter Park, FL personal injury attorney Richard B. Troutman by calling 866-434-5770.