Despite increased driver education and law enforcement efforts, distracted driving has been on the rise in recent years -- particularly with regard to texting while driving.
Phone makers are aware of the problem, and Apple is now trying to do its part to reduce the number distracted driving accidents.
Apple's iOS 11 release this fall will include a "Do Not Disturb While Driving" feature.
Phones affected by the upgrade will be able to detect when people are driving. When the feature is turned on, the phone will automatically silence all notifications, including text messages, Facebook posts and tweets.
However, it will be possible for users to turn the feature off and allow particular contacts to get through, so the overall effectiveness of the feature remains to be seen.
The new feature places one more step between driving and distraction, but ultimately responsibility for distracted driving still falls on the driver.
According to federal statistics, each year thousands of people are killed and hundreds of thousands more suffer injuries due to driver distraction. In fact, each day in the U.S., an average of eight people die and more than 1,000 are injured because of distracted driving.
While distracted driving takes many forms, texting while driving is known to be the most dangerous, and studies have shown that texting and driving is just as dangerous -- and can even be more dangerous -- than drunk driving.
Victims of distracted driving accidents deserve full and fair compensation.
If you were injured due to a distracted driver's negligence, speak with an experienced personal injury attorney about your range of options for obtaining compensation for costs resulting from the crash. In many cases, the insurance company's initial offer comes nowhere close to covering all of the medical bills, lost wages and other costs. An attorney with experience in these matters can negotiate for the full compensation you need to recover and move on with your life.