As a Texas personal injury law firm, we see so many cases where people were injured – or caused an injury to others — because they became distracted behind the wheel, often checking their phones for text messages or responding to them.
While we realize that sometimes this is an irresistible urge, it is dangerous and may also soon be against the law in Texas. The best thing to do is to just turn your phone off while you are driving. However, realizing that there are a lot of you out there who may not heed this advice, there are some new smartphone apps that can help you drive safer:
LifeSaver — this free app runs in the background all the time and uses GPS to lock the phone whenever it senses you are in a moving vehicle. There’s a passenger-unlock feature if you’re only riding instead of driving. (iOS and Android)
DriveMode — a free app available only to AT&T customers, it silences incoming texts and calls when a car is going more than 15 mph. It sends an automatic message to anyone texting you that you are driving and can’t reply right now. (iOS and Android)
Safest Text Auto Reply — this free app allows you to put your phone into “do not disturb” mode whenever you wish. When engaged, the app will send a personalized message to whoever is calling or texting you. (Android only)
The attorneys of Roberts & Roberts have the skill, experience and resources to fully investigate any serious accident or death. If you have a question about an accident involving a serious injury or fatality, please call 800-248-6000 or contact us for a free consultation.
Justin is an attorney at Roberts & Roberts and focuses his practice on mass tort litigation, where he specializes in helping individuals who are harmed by recalled or unsafe pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices. He has earned recognition as a “Top 40 Under 40” Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers. Prior to joining Roberts & Roberts, Justin served as an attorney in all three branches of Texas’s state government, including as a Briefing Attorney on the Texas Supreme Court. He also represented electric and natural gas utilities in complex regulatory proceedings before the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the Railroad Commission of Texas. Justin is a published author in the St. Mary’s Law Journal.