There is an alarming new trend among drivers that is putting other motorists at risk: Taking selfies while driving.
Drivers with smartphones are choosing to take self-portraits, or "selfies", while behind the wheel. This includes drivers of cars, motorcycles, boats, and even planes. These drivers are sharing their selfies on social media sites like Facebook and Instagram, using variations of the hashtag #drivingselfie.
Distracted driving is already a huge problem. People are texting, talking, using personal navigation systems while driving like never before. Adding another dangerous, distracting activity to the mix only makes the situation worse.
According to Distraction.gov, the Official U.S. Government Website for Distracted Driving, 3,154 people were killed in distracted driving-related accidents in 2013. In the same year, 424,000 were injured.
Using a cell phone while driving is never a good idea. Studies show that talking on a cell phone while driving causes impairment that is similar to drunk driving. Texting while driving is even more dangerous, because the driver's eyes are off the road for an average of five seconds. While statistics are not out on the dangers of taking selfies while driving, there have been reports of accidents.
If you have been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver - one who was taking a selfie while driving or engaging in another form of distracted driving - you may be entitled to compensation.
Schedule a free consultation with one of the attorneys at Guenard & Bozarth, LLP, with offices in Elk Grove and Sacramento.