A suit filed in California alleges that Apple is responsible for the deaths and injuries of all motor vehicle wrecks resulting from a driver being distracted while texting on their iPhone. The suit claims that Apple has had the capability to install a “lock-device” on iPhones that could have prevented California drivers from texting while driving.
MLG Automotive Law brought the suit, claiming unlawful, unfair, and fraudulent business acts and practices by Apple. The claims rely in part on the fact that Apple was granted a patent in 2014 for the “lock-out” technology, but decided not to install it for fear of losing market share to competitors. The suit alleges that Apple made $8.5 billion in profits stemming from the sale of its iPhone in the third quarter of 2016 alone.
Throughout 2016, Apple averaged sales of about 586,000 iPhones per day. The suit alleges that 26 percent of accidents are caused by motorists using their cell phones, and that Apple has a 40 percent market share of the smart phone market. That translates into roughly 52,000 automobile accidents that could have been caused by Apple iPhone users each year.
If you need more information, contact Warner Hornsby, a lawyer in our Personal Injury and Products Liability Section, at 800-898-2034 or by email at Warner.Hornsby@beasleyallen.com. The case is Julio Ceja v. Apple, Inc., (case number BC647057) in the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles.
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