WEST BRANCH, Michigan. It’s a parent’s worst nightmare to learn their teen has been injured in a car accident. Many parents experience anxiety when their kids first get their driver’s license—and with good reason. Teens don’t have the same experience as older drivers. They are more likely to make mistakes, and if they are distracted by the cell phone or by texting, they are less able to divide their attention between tasks. According to Distraction.gov, 431,000 people were injured in car accidents involving a distracted driver. Another 3,179 people were killed in these accidents. Parents can talk to their teens about the dangers of texting and driving, but when teens get behind the wheel, it can be hard for parents to control what they do. Teens are, after all, known to rebel and push their limits. However, parents may have one more way to make sure that teens follow the rules. A company has developed new technology that can block cell phone users from texting and driving and from using apps while behind the wheel.
According to The Times-Picayune, the new technology, called Cellcontrol, can prevent drivers from sending texts, accessing social media, or playing Pokémon Go. The device is installed in the windshield and can disable a user’s phone when the car is in motion. Some companies have already seen the value of the technology and want to install the device in their employee’s cars. Parents can also use the technology to ensure that their teens don’t text and drive.
The consequences of texting and driving can be serious. If teens get into a crash, their parents could be held responsible for footing the bill for any damages they cause. In the case of a personal injury lawsuit, parents could be held responsible for their teen’s decisions behind the wheel. Christopher Trainor & Associates in West Branch, Michigan are personal injury attorneys who see many cases where accidents could have been prevented if the driver had put down the cell phone.
The new device may be particularly useful now, given the popularity of the Pokémon Go game, which has led many municipalities to warn drivers against “catching and driving.” The augmented reality game which has taken the country by storm encourages users to hunt for Pokémon in their neighborhoods, parks, and communities. The unintended consequences is that users may be tempted to catch Pokémon while they are behind the wheel, leading to deadly accidents. Already the game has been responsible for several accidents in both the U.S. and Canada, and law enforcement and traffic safety officials are concerned that the numbers of accidents may grow.
Parents should talk to their teens about cell phone use and driving and set strict limits. Teens should also understand the deadly consequences of distracted driving. Finally, if you’ve been injured in a West Branch, Michigan car accident due to another driver’s actions behind the wheel, you may be entitled to receive money to pay for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Visit www.michiganlegalcenter.com/west-branch-car-accidents to learn more.