THE LAWSUIT

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE THIRD AMENDED COMPLAINT THAT WE FILED IN OUR LAWSUIT IN THE LOS ANGELES SUPERIOR COURT.

We filed a public interest lawsuit in the Los Angeles Superior Court in 2015 against Apple, Samsung, Google, and Microsoft. All of these companies produce and sell smartphones and smartwatches.

The purpose of the lawsuit is to require the defendants to issue warnings to their customers about the use of smartphones and smartwatches while driving, particularly smartwatches, instead of remaining silent and pretending that there's no problem.

Millions of the defendants' customers, especially teens, do not know WHY using a smartphone or smartwatch is so dangerous. They believe that they can safely multitask and drive. They are dead wrong. The ability to safely multitask is a myth. That is why we believe that they need proper warnings.

One of the worst problems that people do not understand is fixation. See the first video on the Home page, which is frightening. The teens in the video have become fixated on their smartphones. They literally forget that they are driving and lose control of the vehicle and crash! They need to be warned about the very real risk of fixation. They need to know that their minds may be hijacked by a smartphone or smartwatch.

In fact, people don't believe us when we tell them about mental distraction. Check the video at the bottom of this page.

We are severely limited in what we can request in the lawsuit. We wish we could ask for the defendants to fund a nationwide education program as part of the lawsuit. We cannot. However, we are asking for that outside the lawsuit.

These are the warnings that we are requesting in the lawsuit. You would be surprised at how many people don't know the information in the warnings, especially regarding mental distraction.

Remember, right now the defendants are giving no warnings whatsoever.

        IMPORTANT SAFETY WARNING; PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

1.     Introduction: You must observe all laws that prohibit use of your smartphone or smartwatch while driving. Even when use of a smartphone or smartwatch while driving is legal, it may not be safe. The following warnings are intended to advise you of the facts, risks, and dangers of using your smartphone or smartwatch while driving.

2.     Viewing: It is extremely dangerous to view texts, e-mails, messages, or notifications of any kind or browse the Internet on your smartphone or smartwatch while driving.

3.     Typing: It is extremely dangerous to type texts, e-mails, or anything else while driving.

4.     Photos and videos: It is extremely dangerous to take or view photos or videos on your smartphone or smartwatch while driving.

5.     Operating smartwatch: It is extremely dangerous to operate a smartwatch while driving.

6.     Visual distraction smartphones: Viewing a smartphone while driving is dangerous. The road will be invisible to you while you are looking at the smartphone. Even one or two seconds of visual distraction are enough time to cause a crash. (See first video below.)

7.     Visual distraction smartwatches: Viewing a smartwatch while driving is extremely dangerous. The tiny screen is difficult to see and the road will be invisible to you. Even one or two seconds of visual distraction are enough time to cause a crash. (See first video below.)

8.     Manual distraction smartphones: Removing a hand from the steering wheel to hold or manipulate a smartphone may cause loss of safe control of the vehicle, especially if there is an emergency that suddenly requires you to place both hands on the steering wheel.

9.     Manual distraction smartwatches: It is extremely dangerous to operate a smartwatch while driving. You will lose balanced and safe control of the steering wheel if you reach over with your hand to operate the smartwatch on the other wrist.

10.  Mental distraction general: Mental distraction caused by using a smartphone or smartwatch significantly reduces your ability to focus and concentrate on safe driving. Even one or two seconds of mental distraction are enough time to cause a crash. (See second video below.)

11.  Mental distraction hands-free smartphone: Hands-free use of a smartphone is a mental distraction that significantly reduces your ability to focus and concentrate on safe driving.

12.  Mental distraction voice commands: Speaking voice commands to a smartphone for texting or other purposes is a mental distraction that significantly reduces your ability to focus and concentrate on safe driving.

13.  Mental distraction fixation: Your mind may be hijacked by texting or use of an app on your smartphone or smartwatch while driving. You may become fixated on the smartphone or smartwatch and forget that you are driving. This is the cause of many crashes that have resulted in serious injuries and deaths.

14.  Mental distraction delay: There is a delay of as long as 27 seconds or more before regaining normal reaction time and full driving awareness after you stop using a smartphone or smartwatch, including when you use voice commands. During the delay, you may not be driving safely.

Note: The videos below were added after the Third Amended Complaint was filed.