You knew this was coming: Families blame phone makers for distracted driving deaths

Peggy Riggs often warned her children, including 20-year-old son David, about the dangers of texting and driving. In turn, David encouraged his friends never to engage in the practice.

But that message did not get through to the driver who killed David Riggs until it was too late. In 2013, David was heading home on his scooter in Minnesota when a teenager in a Honda Civic slammed into him. The teen was distracted by texting on his iPhone, according to a lawsuit filed by Craig Riggs, David’s father.

Craig Riggs holds Apple partly responsible for the tragedy. He sued the company this month, joining several others who have accused the Cupertino company in court of not installing technology that could prevent crashes caused by distracted drivers who lack the self-control to stop toying with their phones when they’re behind the wheel.

Distracted driving accounted for 10 percent of deaths caused by vehicle crashes in 2015, killing more than 3,000 people, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That year, 391,000 people were injured through incidents involving distracted drivers. About eight percent of the people injured were in incidents that involved distraction by a cell phone, according to the administration.

Read the whole story in the San Francisco Chronicle

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