How The Apple Watch Fall Detection Feature Helped This 87-Year-Old Woman

By Dan Anderson ● Updated June 30, 2019
  • Recently the Apple Watch 4 helped Dotty White of Maine after she got into a car accident

One of the best features that Apple added to the Apple Watch Series 4 is the fall detection. Recently, an 87-year-old woman named Dotty White in Maine was able to call for help after the feature was activated following a car accident.

According to NBC’s News Center Maine, White got into a car accident in Kennebunk, Maine while she was leaving the grocery store:

“It was a nice day, I’m on my way home with lots of nice groceries and bang,” said White via NBC. “I’ve never been in an accident in a car — I’ve never even gotten a ticket in a car.”

White was unable to reach her phone to call emergency services, but her Apple Watch was already doing that job after the accident occurred. White’s Apple Watch determined that the accident was a fall so it alerted her family and first responders immediately.

“The watch dialed my son in Florida, it dialed my daughter in Massachusetts and my daughter in Maine,” added White. “So they knew something had happened and they knew where it happened.”

Dotty’s son James received a text message and he immediately called his sister. His sister had also received a text message and immediately rushed over to the scene of the accident.

Unfortunately, Dotty suffered several broken bones. But she is grateful that her watch is able to provide her with “the time, the weather, and help.”