Apple facing lawsuit over claim that FaceTime caused fatal crash

Losing a loved one in a motor vehicle accident in New Jersey can be devastating. Family members are often left struggling to make sense of the tragedy, especially when the person who caused the deadly crash was not paying attention to the road.

A man in Texas is facing manslaughter charges after a fatal 2014 crash tragically took the life of a 5-year-old girl. Her family was traveling on a highway and had slowed down considerably because of traffic conditions when their car was rear-ended by another vehicle, which was traveling at full highway speed. The little girl’s mother and sister were taken to the hospital with injuries and her father was critically injured in the accident.

The driver who caused the crash failed to notice that traffic had slowed down. He admitted to authorities that he had been using the FaceTime app on his phone at the time of the accident. As a result, the deceased’s family is now suing Apple, claiming that its phones are capable of being configured to prevent FaceTime from being accessed while traveling at a high rate of speed. The lawsuit also claims that Apple did not let consumers know that use of its phones could be dangerous in certain situations.

In addition to the overwhelming grief that comes with a preventable fatal accident, family members are often forced to deal with financial hardship as well. People who have lost a loved one in a deadly crash may wish to consult with an experienced attorney.

Source: ABC News, “Family Sues Apple, Claiming FaceTime Distracted Driver in Crash That Killed 5-Year-Old Daughter,” Jan. 2, 2017

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