Apple gets sued by a Texas couple. Parents James and Bethany Modisette claimed that a driver using Apple’s FaceTime app got preoccupied and crashed into the couple’s car. The untoward incident killed their 5-year old daughter. The Modisettes filed a case against Apple for damages. In a court document, the couple claimed that the tech giant missed out to install and implement a ‘safer, alternative design’. The parents believe that an alternative design for FaceTime could have helped prevent a driver from using the app while cruising at highway speed.
The grieving couple filed the lawsuit on December 23 in California Superior Court in Santa Clara County. The court case also includes Apple’s failure in warning users that the app is dangerous when used or misused. Instructions on the application’s safe usage should be provided, too.
ABC news reported that the accident happened on Christmas Eve in 2014 near Dallas. The Modisette family drove a Toyota Camry. Their 5-year old daughter Moriah was sitting in a booster seat in the left rear passenger seat. Her sister Isabella was in the right rear seat. The family vehicle slowed down due to a police activity on the highway.
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Distraction caused by FaceTime killed Moriah
According to First Post, the driver confessed that he was on FaceTime. Police confirmed that the app was still live as they arrived on the scene. As a result, the grieving family sought economic damages and penal damages. Though the incident happened two years ago, the family still grieves for their loss. A death that could have been prevented. If only Wilhelm was not on his phone while he was driving. Apple is yet to respond to the lawsuit.
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