Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers: Technology Can Lead to Driver DistractionFebruary 4, 2017
The latest advances in technology offer products that are well designed, easy to use, and above all, safe. However, in the automotive industry, many of these technological advances, including crash detection systems, and driverless cars have helped improve safety and reduce the incidence of serious car accidents.
But, the advancement of mobile devices has created a serious problem on the roads. In addition to talking and texting while driving, live streaming on social media sites like Facebook Live has caused a number of serious, even fatal car accidents. For example, two serious car accidents occurred when the drivers were live streaming Facebook:
- A twenty-year-old driver from Rhode Island reached a speed of 118 mph when he rear-ended a garbage truck, causing the driver to careen over three lanes and hit a highway barrier. The young man was streaming Facebook Live at the time of the wreck. The live stream video recorded the young man singing to music and pointing the camera from himself to the speedometer, eventually losing control of the car. He survived, but sustained serious injuries.
- Two Pennsylvania teenagers were fatally injured in a car accident while streaming Facebook Live. Because they were distracted, they did not see the lights of an oncoming tractor-trailer until it was too late, and it crashed into the rear of their car. The live stream video recorded the audio of the crash, including the victims’ voices after the crash took place.
Studies show that distracted driving is one of the leading causes of fatal car accidents. One reason for this is that a driver’s reaction time is likely to be slower if he or she is distracted. When your attention is not on the road, it only takes a moment for a crash to occur. Cell phones, the radio or navigation system, and other passengers are all potential distractions that can take your attention off the road. While it may seem harmless to quickly look at an incoming text, or answer your cell phone, it is important to understand the potential ramifications of doing so. No text or phone call is worth jeopardizing your life or the lives of others. There is a time and a place for live streaming on social media sites like Facebook Live, but it is not in the car while driving.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims of Distracted Driving
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident involving another driver who was using social media while driving, contact the reputable Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. We will take the necessary steps to determine who is responsible for your injuries, and ensure that you receive the maximum financial compensation you deserve. Our dedicated team will protect your rights every step of the way. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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