New applications “apps” are being created daily in an attempt to make American lives more productive and entertaining. The problem is such apps are being used by motorists while driving their vehicles on highways, roads and throughout the nation.
Some of the apps in question which have contributed to car and truck collisions include the following:
- A messaging app called Snapchat that allows motorists to post photographs that record the speed of the vehicle.
- A navigation app called Waze that gives motorists points with each and every report they make of traffic collisions and traffic jams.
- An entertainment app called Pokemon Go that lets motorists hunt for Pokemon creatures while driving.
Experts have confirmed that new technology and new apps have directly caused highway deaths to increase despite past declines over the past 40 years. In fact, the recorded fatalities last year had the largest percentage increase in over 50 years! In 2016, highway fatalities have increased over 10% to 17,775 as compared to 2015. These statistics and reports have been compiled by the National Highway Traffic Administration.
If you are injured as the result of the negligence of a motorist that is texting, tweeting, checking emails or otherwise using his/her cell phone or apps while operating a vehicle, it is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney immediately to investigate and gather evidence for your claim.
Attorney Joseph E. Lariscy can help, for a free consultation call (706) 389-4375 or contact us online for legal assistance