11/12/2013 // 1-800-Car-Wreck // Ebestein & Witherite // (press release)
Just when texting while driving had been firmly seated in the position of the most dangerous driving distraction a new one has entered the arena that many experts say may now top the list as the worst. As noted by the Dallas accident injury lawyers of 1800 CAR WRECK, the social media trend of taking “selfies” while driving or cell phone photos one takes of him or herself to upload to Facebook, Instagram, or other photo sharing enabled social networks, is a growing phenomenon that many fear will significantly add to the high rate of car crash injuries that occur throughout the US annually.
According to statistics from the US Centers for Disease Control “1,060 people are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver” each day. The number includes a range of distracted driving activities that can impair one visually, manually, or cognitively while in operation of a vehicle.
As noted in a recent report by the Huffington Post, over three million Instagram posts are uploaded with hastags such as # driving, and thousands are tagged with captions that include items such as #drivingselfie and #driving to work. The numbers are alarming and serve as an indication of the high number of drivers who are engaging in the unsafe practice, 1800 CAR WRECK attorneys say.
More awareness is reportedly being brought to the issue with initiatives such as the recent promotion of an ad by Toyota cautioning drivers about the dangers of taking Instagram photos while driving. Many hope that these initiatives will resonate in the minds of social media users and encourage them to refrain from engaging in driving behaviors that place not only their own lives at risk, but endanger the lives of others on the road.
The 1800 CAR WRECK team of the Dallas injury law firm of Ebestein & Witherite is available to help those who do become injured in a car accident linked to the negligent driving behaviors of another driver assess their legal options for seeking compensation from those responsible. Individuals can call 1800 CAR WRECK for a free review of their case today.
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