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How Can This New App Help Fight Distracted Driving?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that over 330,000 auto accidents are caused by texting while driving every year. In 2015, 391,000 injuries were caused by distracted driving. And as technology improves and becomes increasingly entertaining, these statistics are poised to keep rising. How do we fight distracted driving and reduce traffic collisions? Many programmers are developing apps to help and GM is joining them on this crusade.

Are Apps the Key to Fighting Distracted Driving?

The Call Me Out app is a new idea from the automakers at GM. The program uses your phone’s accelerometer and GPS to determine if it’s being handled while you are driving. The sensors detect when the phone is picked up while moving at rates faster than five miles per hour. Then the app plays messages from the phone owner’s family and friends asking the person not to use the phone while driving.

Though the method seems a little heavy-handed, getting people to stop texting and using their phones while driving is a worthwhile cause. A survey from Research Now shows that 84 percent of respondents say handling a phone while driving is dangerous, yet 90 percent of the respondents admit to doing it. The extra push from this app may be the way to go.

At the moment, the app is only available in the Google Play Store and no plans to make an iOS version have been announced. This means the Call Me Out app is very limited in who it can reach and help. Other apps like AT&T’s DriveMode, LifeSaver, TrueMotion Family, and Mojo are all available on multiple mobile devices. They each also have options that the other apps don’t have. However, GM is working on other solutions that could help fight distracted driving.

The automaker is developing a system for its Cadillac CT6 that monitors eye and head positions to make sure drivers are watching the road. The safety feature is meant to make sure drivers pay attention when the vehicle’s Super Cruise semi-autonomous mode is active. But advocates are putting pressure on the automaker to add the system to all of its cars. In this case, the vehicles would issue warnings when drivers became distracted. Vehicles with this technology could also activate autonomous safety features to prevent crashes.

Until such technology is used by all car brands, we are still going to have to keep a sharp eye out for people driving dangerously. At James McKiernan Lawyers, we help people who have been hurt by negligent drivers. We offer free consultations to families and victims who have been hurt in a California automobile accident. Call us at (888)442-2918 to learn more about our quality representation, and follow our blog for more ways to keep your family safe.

Could the Text to Ticket App Reduce Distracted Driving?

There’s a new app out there that drivers are using in hopes of catching distracted drivers – but some would argue it’s just making the problem worse.

The app is called Text to Ticket. It works like this: when you spot a driver who is distracted by texting, you open the app on your own phone and take a short video. The video must include the driver as well as his or her license plate. Once you are done, you submit the video to the platform. After 7-10 days, your video will be reviewed, and if approved, you will be credited $5.00. The data is then sent to police. Neat, right?

One glaringly obvious problem, though, is that you can’t really use the app if you are driving. Not safely, anyway. So, if you want to be a text message vigilante, you’ll have to sacrifice the wheel and ride shotgun instead.

Texting and Driving Statistics

The average amount of time a driver distracted by a cell phone will look away from the road is five seconds. At 55 miles per hour, that means the driver can cross the length of a football field, completely blind, when distracted by a phone.

Other statistics from the National Safety Council:

  • Cell phones lead to 1.6 million car accidents every year
  • Texting and driving is responsible for nearly 330,000 injuries every year
  • Almost 25 percent of car accidents involve distracted driving
  • You are six times more likely to cause an accident while texting than you are driving drunk
  • 94 percent of drivers support a ban on texting while driving, and many of them admit to having done so at least once in the last 30 days

The injuries sustained during distracted driving accidents can be catastrophic, including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and fatal injuries. If you have been injured due to a distracted driver, discuss your case with a personal injury attorney.

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