Car Accident Selfies
It is common for drivers today to be talking on their phones or scrolling while at a stoplight. A survey done by AT&T has found that 7 out of 10 individuals use their smartphone while operating a vehicle. Many people also take selfies while driving. Some even take these photos going high speeds on the highway, which can cause horrific car accidents.
Car Accident Selfies Are Common
Even though drivers voluntarily share these risky driving photos on social media even with hashtags like #drivingselfies or #drivingtowork, it is hard to know exactly how many car accident selfies occur. According to a study published in the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care, more than 10 people die every day from distracted driving and injures more than 1,000. The first known selfie-related death happened in March 2014. However, many researchers think the number may be on the rise.
Just this year, a Georgia teen crashed her car into a tree going 106 MPH while taking photos on Snapchat. The passenger died.
The dangerousness of this trend is since cellphones require at least one finger to take the photo. This means a driver’s hand will be off the wheel for a few minutes. Plus, he or she may be looking at the lens instead of the road. It only takes four seconds to cause an accident. This is less than the time it takes to take a selfie, choose the photo, hashtag/caption it, then upload it.
It can be shocking after an accident to learn how expensive, time-consuming and frustrating the process can be. For many, pain does not present itself at the scene of the accident, however, the debilitating pain begins a day or two later. This can be difficult for many Americans who do not have health insurance or disability insurance. Therefore, it can be difficult to receive medical attention or income while out of work.
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