Fifth Circuit Holds Distracted Driving Crashes Not Fault of Apple

Distracted Driving

The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit brought against Apple Inc. after a tragic 2013 Texas car crash. A driver had taken her eyes from the road to read a text message before crashing her truck into the vehicle in front of her. Two women lost their lives and a boy was paralyzed. This was a case of first impression in Texas. There have been few appellate rulings on the liability of smart phone and application makers in distracted driving crashes so this decision, although hardly a surprise, was awaited.