Although cell phones have become an important part of our lives, we can’t seem to put them down while we’re on the road. Distracted driving has become one of the most common causes of car accidents in the United States.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least nine people are killed and over 1,000 are injured each day in a distracted driving accident. Texting while driving is considered the leading cause of death among teenagers.
Despite the alarming statistics and several ad campaigns warning about the dangers of distracted driving, teenagers and adults alike continue to use their cell phones while driving. Fortunately, there are several apps available that can turn your cell phone into a weapon to fight distracted driving—not cause it.
Here are some popular apps to help prevent texting while driving:
- LifeSaver – This GPS app blocks drivers from using their phones while the vehicle is in motion and sends out an alert to loved ones once you safely arrive at your destination. LifeSaver even has a reward system set by family or friends to reward users for good driving behaviors.
- Drivemode – Not only can this app silence any incoming calls or text messages, but you are still able to access your phone through voice commands and oversized buttons. Rather than shuffling through different apps, Drivemode places all your popular apps in one place.
- TrueMotion Family – In order to get the whole family involved, this app enables your loved ones to look at each other’s driving habits. TrueMotion Family tracks the exact moments during each trip that you were distracted. Each user will be given a trip score at the end of each ride.
- SafeDrive – This app can disable texting while driving and award you with points that can be used at participating retailers. Once you drive more than six miles per hour, the points start adding up. But if you use your phone at any time, you will lose all the points you made on the trip.
If you have been injured in a distracted driving accident in Oneonta, NY, contact Scarzafava, Basdekis & Dadey, PLLC today at (607) 228-8404 and schedule a free consultation today.