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Victims Say Apple Too Slow to Implement 'Driver Mode'

Last year regulators and safety experts established guidelines calling on phone makers to install a "driver mode" in smartphones. The "driver mode" would disable specific functions -- texting and social media, for example -- while drivers are behind the wheel.

The guidelines come in response to the ongoing problem of distracted driving, which leads to thousands of deaths nationwide each year. In fact, a report from the National Safety Council found that 26 percent of all car accidents in the U.S. in 2014 were linked to cell phone use.

Safety advocates welcome the proposed "driver mode," but some say that phone makers have been too slow to address the issue.

Apple is already being sued for allegedly failing to implement a "driver mode" in smartphones. The tech giant reportedly obtained a patent for the technology in 2008 and published the patent in 2014.

However, according a lawsuit filed by a man who was injured by a distracted driver, Apple has declined to release the software update and instead prioritized profits over consumer safety.

The lawsuit seeks to force Apple to install a "driver mode" in all iPhones currently being used by consumers. The suit also seeks to halt the sale of iPhones in California, where the lawsuit was filed, until Apple implements the lockout feature.

Victims of distracted driving deserve full and fair compensation.

Even if you know that another driver's negligent cell phone use led to your injuries, you may find it difficult to obtain full compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other costs resulting from the crash.

At Cofiño Trial Law, we help injury victims in Florida get the compensation they need and deserve. To learn more, please see our personal injury overview.

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