If you have ever driven while talking or texting on a cellphone, you may know first-hand the hazards that stem from this dangerous behavior. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 3,166 people were killed in car accidents involving distracted driving in 2017 and even more were injured. Multiple studies have been conducted evaluating the dangers of distracted driving and the effects of using your cellphone while trying to navigate the roads. In addition to talking or texting on a cellphone while behind the wheel, some drivers have taken distracted driving to a new level. Drivers who take selfies and post them on social media sites endanger their lives and the lives of others.
Multiple news articles show devastating stories of teens who lose their lives while posting selfies and making videos while driving. Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter all show more than 70,000 posts under #drivingselfies, #drivingselfie and #drivingtowork. At one point, Snapchat now takes precautions to limit people from taking pics using this filter.
Research from AutoInsurance shows that while 25% of U.S. accidents involved cellphone use, 46% of these cases were caused by texting or using an app while driving. Using a cellphone while driving causes manual, visual and cognitive distraction. This can result in delayed responses to certain hazards, such as bad weather conditions, pedestrians, traffic signals and objects in the road. People who are not concentrating on the road are more likley to be involved in a fatal car accident.
This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.