Distracted driving is now considered one of the most common causes of
car accidents in the United States. In fact, texting while driving is the leading cause
of traffic deaths among teenagers and young adults.
Although we understand the dangers of distracted driving, many people can’t
keep their hands away from their cellphones while they’re on the
road. Fortunately, many software developers have created apps that can
help—turning your phone into a weapon to fight distracted driving.
The following are some popular apps to avoid using your cellphone while driving:
AT&T DriveMode – Once you are driving more than 15 MPH, this app will automatically
start blocking the ability to talk and text on your phone. If you are
a parent of a teenager, the app will send an alert when your child deactivates
the app or changes the settings.
LifeSaver – Not only does this app block a driver’s ability to use their
phone while the car is in motion, but it will also notify your loved ones
that you’ve arrived safely at your destination. You can also set
up a reward system to help friends and family support your journey to
developing good driving habits. In addition, commercial fleet managers
can use this app to monitor the driving behavior of their drivers.
SafeDrive – This app rewards you every time you avoid using your cellphone
while driving. The points can be used toward discounts at qualifying retailers.
However, if you decide to use your phone at any point in your trip, you
will lose the points.
TrueMotion Family – While this app doesn’t block calls and text messages, this
app provides a score every time you drive, identifying the exact moments
where distracted driving occurred. Your scores will be saved in a trip
history, which you can compare to your friends or family members who also
have the app.
DriveSafe.ly – This app reads incoming texts and e-mails out loud, so you don’t
have to check your cellphone while the vehicle is in motion. You will
still be able to learn about important information when it comes through.
If you have been injured in a distracted driving accident caused by a negligent
driver in New York,
contact our New York City personal injury lawyers at
Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan LLP today and schedule a free consultation.