According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost 20 percent of all traffic accidents involve distracted drivers, causing 3,179 deaths and an estimated 431,000 injuries in 2014 alone. And while drivers can be distracted by all kinds of things -- food, loud music, unruly passengers -- much of the attention has fallen on drivers texting and talking on the phone while driving. The NHTSA estimates 385 fatal crashes in 2014 involved the use of cell phones as distractions.
If all of these statistics make you wonder if cell phone companies are doing enough to prevent distracted driving incidents involving their products, you may have your answer soon. A new lawsuit against Apple, claiming the tech company is responsible for a fatal crash in Texas, may test the limits of liability for cell phone companies in distracted driving accidents.