Will Apple's New Do Not Disturb While Driving iPhone Feature Reduce the Number of Distracted Driving Related Collisions?

In June, Apple made an announcement according to TechCrunch about an iPhone update that could reduce the number of distracted driving accidents on roads across the country. The latest software version in testing, iOS11, will have a "Do Not Disturb While Driving" feature- a customizable phone setting that motorists can turn on to disable ALL notifications. If you're navigationally challenged like me, don't worry, even with this feature on you will still be able to play music and use navigation. Parents can even enable this new Do Not Disturb While Driving feature through Apple's parental controls system. An update of this sort has been long overdue because as we know, many drivers are unable to resist the immediate temptation to check their phone when that notification pops up. Android already offers a distracted driving prevention feature. Apple's update is set to release to the public in September of this year.

Today, it is hard to imagine what life was like before smartphones. However, texting, checking email and social media, and other distractions have undeniably contributed to the ever rising number of collisions on our roadways. The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that 10% of fatal crashes, 15% of crashes resulting in injury, and 14% of traffic crashes were all attributed to distracted driving, stating that distracted driving is now a crisis in America. Translate those figures- in 2015 there were 3,477 people killed, and 391,000 injured. Bear in mind, distracted driving is a blanket term, but this new iPhone feature has the potential to dramatically decrease these statistics.

While we know not every iPhone user will take advantage of this safety feature, making a Do Not Disturb while Driving mode is a step in the right direction.

In the unfortunate event that you or a loved one are involved in a collision due to a distracted driver, contact the experienced attorneys at Tabor Law Firm today. The initial consultation is free, and we work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay nothing until your case is settled.