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.

“Don’t put another family through this tragedy,” Riggs said in an interview. “We (wake) up every day missing our son. He’s got two brothers and has a niece now he is never going to see.”

The teenage driver who hit David Riggs was convicted of a misdemeanor. He did not respond to a request through his counselor for comment.

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