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Apple to deploy new iPhone feature to prevent distracted driving

| Jun 8, 2017 | Car Accidents |

It can be hard for people to disconnect from their phones when they get behind the wheel in Monmouth County. However, when someone takes their eyes off of the road for eve a few seconds to check an email or a text message, he or she is creating a huge risk for a crash to occur. At Escandon, Fernicola, Anderson & Covelli, we know how deeply a car accident can impact your life.

According to CNN Money, distracted driving crashes are responsible for the deaths of 8 people every day. In an effort to cut down on people checking their phones while they are driving, Apple is rolling out a new feature with its latest iPhone operating system, iOS 11.

Normally, when a person receives a text, email or other communication, his or her phone issues an alert letting them know about the message. The new feature, called “Do Not Disturb While Driving,” the feature turns off those notifications. The feature also locks certain apps so that they cannot be accessed while the car is moving. Certain features and apps, such as those used for navigation, may still be accessible. Passengers will also have the ability to override the feature and retain full access to the phone.

If drivers are not aware of incoming messages, the hope is that they will be much less likely to check their phones. Thus, many potential distracted driving accidents may be prevented. For more information on dealing with an accident caused by a driver who was using a phone, please visit our web page.