Apple, maker of the ever-popular iPhone, is being sued on allegations that its FaceTime app contributed to the highway death of a 5-year-old girl named Moriah Modisette. In Denton County, Texas, on Christmas Eve 2014, a man smashed into the Modisette family’s Toyota Camry as it stopped in traffic on southbound Interstate 35W. Police say that the driver was using the FaceTime application and never saw the brake lights ahead of him. In addition to the tragedy, father James, mother Bethany, and daughter Isabella all suffered non-fatal injuries during the crash two years ago.
The Modisette family now wants Apple to pay damages for the mishap. The family alleges the Cupertino, California-based technology company had a duty to warn motorists against using the app and that it could have used patented technology to prohibit drivers from utilizing the app.
I feel for the grieving family, of course, but this is, in no way, Apple’s fault. The only person responsible for the horrible death is the driver using Facetime, and possibly – although that’s probably quite a stretch – the person he was using FaceTime with, but that’s it.
Their lawyer is probably pushing them towards the deeper pockets. Might as well profit from the tragedy.
Less cynically, if Apple somehow prevented FaceTime on the move, this small class of accidents may not have happened.
But then, what if I’m a pasenger in a moving car, would I also be limited? I hate that some in-car GPS systems already do that.
So this might not be a solvable problem in the end anyway.
Edited 2017-01-03 22:16 UTC