If you go into Instagram or Twitter and type in the keywords “driving selfie” thousands of images populate showing drivers taking pictures of themselves while driving. The images are not limited to just automobiles, but also to drivers of boats, planes, and motorcycles.
Taking these “selfie” pictures is just another contributor to the distracted driving epidemic that has overtaken the youth of the United States. According to the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving accounts for 10% of fatal car accidents among drivers that are 20 and younger.
Nearly every state has a law against texting while driving and many states have implemented laws that makes using a hand-held cell phone illegal while driving as well. However, the NHTSA reports that 25% of teenage drivers and 10% of parents admit to texting while driving.
Taking a selfie is undoubtedly more distracting that texting, but both can be the cause for extreme and fatal accidents. Our team of injury attorneys at Long & Long encourage you to keep the phone down while driving – a picture of you isn’t worth the accident that may occur.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident and believe that the negligent party was driving while distracted, please contact our Mobile accident lawyers today for help with your case. You can also reach us by phone at (251) 432-2277.