LOS ANGELES, California. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,450 people die due to distracted driving every year. Another 391,000 people are injured in distracted driving accidents each year. One of the biggest culprits in distracted driving accidents are cell phones. Cell phone use is addictive. Truck drivers, who spend long hours behind the wheel, and long periods of time away from their families may be more tempted to check their phones while driving. As tech companies address tech addiction head on, some are asking—can tech improvements help prevent car and truck accidents?
According to Wired, more companies in Silicon Valley are looking for ways to help people find balance between their lives and responsibilities and cell phone use. The field of digital wellness is new, but growing. More people are interested in finding a balance between cell phone use and overuse. Some developers are looking to create home screens that don’t offer as many distractions to cell phone users. Others are developing home screens with children in mind. Will developers soon develop phones with professional drivers in mind?
Some tools allow individuals to monitor their cell phone use by tracking how much time they spend online. If these tools are modified, they may be able to help truck companies monitor their driver’s cell phone use, or at least help drivers understand how long they are spending driving as compared to how long they are spending on their phones. While there are strict restrictions on how truck drivers are permitted to use their cell phones, these laws may simply not be enough when it comes to keeping people from picking up their phones every time they hear a ping or ring.
Other users may want to keep some apps active while driving while disabling some apps. For example, you may want to keep maps open for navigation while closing your messenger.
Cell phone companies have recently introduced options to help individuals avoid using their phones while behind the wheel. Apple, for example, has a “do not disturb” feature that can be turned on when individuals are driving. Yet, for truck drivers, time when they are asleep is also important to protect. Interrupted sleep can lead to more dangerous driving. Using similar “do not disturb” features to deactivate the phone while sleeping can potentially help truck drivers get more sleep and monitor their cell phone use when they want to be sleeping.
At the end of the day, truck drivers and truck companies are required to abide by stricter local and federal laws that regulate driving and shipment. If you or a loved one was injured in a truck accident in Los Angeles, California, you may be entitled to seek damages for a truck driver or truck company’s neglect or negligence. Consider speaking to the Ledger Law Firm, truck accident attorneys in Los Angeles, California. Our firm can investigate the circumstances of your accident, fight to help you seek the claim you may deserve under the law, and help you understand your rights. The truck industry is big business. Contact the Ledger Law Firm today.