The new trend in distracted driving: the selfie

On Behalf of | Dec 10, 2013 | Distracted Driving, Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Since cell phones have become popular in the last decade for more than just business people, people have started to use them throughout the day, including while behind the wheel of their cars. First, talking on a cell phone while driving was a large cause of distractions, but as technology evolved, texting became popular and now, picture messaging and social media.

The word “selfie” has become popular this year, describing the act of taking a picture of one’s self. Now, media reports are describing a new trend in which people are taking pictures of themselves while driving, and posting them to their social media accounts.

People who take their eyes off the wheel to text, often do so for a few seconds, doubling their risk of a car accident. If someone has to take a picture of themselves and post it online, they are likely distracted for a much longer period of time.

AAA, the former American Automobile Association, has voiced concern for the new habits of cell phone savvy drivers. When people are distracted, they might not only pose a risk to themselves, they might also be a risk to other drivers on the road.

If someone is injured by a negligent driver in Texas who might have been distracted by their cell phone, they might be wise to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. An attorney can work with a person to help them understand their rights and possibly seek compensation for any injuries or lost wages.

Source: NBC News, “Friends don’t let idiots snap selfies while driving,” Helen A.S. Popkin, Nov. 19, 2013