Parents of a 5-year-old girl in Texas are grieving her unexpected and untimely death. The child was killed in a terrible car accident during the Christmas holiday season of 2014. Her mother and father have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Apple, asserting the company should be held financially accountable due to certain factors they say caused the accident.
The child was traveling in a car on Christmas Eve two years ago. Traffic had apparently slowed due a traffic stop police were making nearby. The child's family vehicle reportedly came to a stop in the left lane due to the ongoing police situation.
Their vehicle was suddenly struck from behind. An 8-year-old sibling and both of the girl's parents were hospitalized due to their injuries. The 5-year-old was flown to a hospital for treatment. Sadly, she later succumbed to her injuries.
The driver of the vehicle that is said to have smashed into the family's car was apparently using the Facetime app on a cell phone at the time. The parents of the child who died are asking the court to hold Apple liable, alleging that their daughter's death may have been prevented had the app not been accessible while driving. Their wrongful death claim notes the fact that Apple was well aware of the risks involved with the app because the company actually patented lock-out technology in 2008. Other Texas parents who have suffered the loss of a child in a car accident obviously understand the intense grief associated with such incidents; to seek support and justice, a parent may contact an experienced personal injury attorney.
Source: The Dallas Morning News, "Texas parents blame Apple for girl's death, saying it should've kept driver off Facetime", Claire Z. Cardona, Jan. 3, 2017