Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Thursday December 29, 2016

Family Sues Apple Over Wreck Caused by FaceTime

While this is an extremely tragic story, and I feel for the family that lost a child, I don't see how Apple is at fault in this case. Sure, the company has a patent for disabling a phone while driving and FaceTime does lack warnings but does that make them liable for someone misusing their products? What do you guys think?

The driver who hit the family told police he was on the FaceTime application at the time of the wreck. Officers found FaceTime was still live when they arrived at the scene, according to the complaint. The Modisette family said Apple’s failure to either program a shutoff into the FaceTime program or give strong warning about using the app while driving is particularly egregious given the app fully engages visual components rather than audio ones as with regular cellphone usage.