McKenna on KIRO: Distracted driving lawsuit against Apple

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a case in Texas in which a young child was killed by a distracted driver using FaceTime. The driver was charged with manslaughter, and the family is going after Apple in a civil suit.

Rob McKenna: “The really interesting question is, when are we going to have autonomous vehicles – self-driving vehicles – and will we actually make it illegal to operate a car, make it a requirement in our lifetimes that you have to be in a car that drives itself, in order to address human fallibility?”

Dave Ross: “I tell you, if accident rates, death rates go up as they have in the past year – a 10% increase in the first half of last year – that strikes me as just catastrophic when you consider how many lives are lost every year, how many families torn apart by car accidents, and it’s a story we ignore.”

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Rob McKenna
Rob served two terms as Washington’s Attorney General, from 2005 to 2013. He successfully argued three cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and negotiated three of the largest consumer financial protection settlements in national history, all involving mortgage lending and servicing. He is a recognized leader in the development of consumer protections on the internet, in data protection and privacy regulation.
  • Malby

    Yes, and it’s got absolutely nothing to do with Apple. Idiots are idiots. Criminally negligent people are criminally negligent.

  • Radio Randy

    Years ago, my wife drove us into a ditch while she adjusted the heater controls in our Toyota. Silly me…I never thought about suing Toyota over this, as I always thought of it as HER fault.