Drivers aren’t just getting pulled over for texting behind the wheel. According to CNN, phones with cameras and internet access are proving too great a distraction for drivers, leading to an overwhelming number of self-portraits being taken behind the wheel.
These pictures, commonly called "selfies," are then uploaded to social media sharing sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. The photo-sharing site Instagram features nearly 4,000 posts under the hashtag #drivingselfie, and about 2,000 more for the plural, #drivingselfies. At least 9,700 contain the hashtag #drivingtowork, and still more add the tag #Ihopeidontcrash.
The photos may show anything from a driver making faces, to shots of the passengers or a pretty sunset—but what they all have in common is that they required the driver to take at least one hand off the wheel—and both eyes off the road.
Not all of the “selfie” shots are taken in cars. There are numerous shots of people driving motorcycles, steering boats, and even piloting planes. In some cases, it is clear that the vehicle was in motion at the time the photograph was taken.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving is a factor in 12 percent of all fatal accidents. Although most states have bans on using cellphones while driving, the majority of citations for cellphone distraction are not given until after the driver has caused an accident.
If someone you love was struck by an irresponsible driver who was taking photos instead of watching the road, New Jersey car accident attorney Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr. can help you get justice. Call us today at 877-360-0183 to get answers to all of your legal questions in your FREE consultation.
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