Internet Dance Challenge Takes a Dangerous TurnAugust 29, 2018
It seems like more bizarre and dangerous internet challenges pop up every day. From the Cinnamon Challenge, where participants had to eat a spoonful of cinnamon, to the Mannequin Challenge, where a room full of people remain still while a camera pans over each person, many of these viral phenomena are sillier than anything else. However, the latest challenge, called the InMyFeelings Challenge, has drivers around the globe getting out of their cars while the vehicle is moving, and dance to the namesake song by Drake, as the person in the passenger seat records the performance. As you might imagine, dancing in the street next to a moving vehicle is not particularly safe, and some participants have been seriously injured.
As the challenge went viral and more people started to participate, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a statement urging drivers to stay in their car and refrain from jumping out of a moving vehicle to start dancing in the street. According to the Chief of the NTSB Safety Advocacy Division, he never thought they would have to issue an official reminder to drivers that jumping out of a vehicle while it is moving is extremely dangerous. These challenges seem fun, particularly when you see celebrities like Will Smith and Ciara posting videos of themselves dancing. However, things can go wrong in an instant, which can lead to serious injuries and even fatalities.
A young man from Florida was hit by an oncoming car while attempting the challenge. Fortunately, he only suffered a few scrapes from the accident. Other victims were not so lucky. An 18-year-old girl from Iowa tripped and fell after she jumped out of the moving car. She suffered a fractured skull, as well as other injuries, and was unconscious for a long period. While recovering in the ICU, she urged others to avoid the challenge that may seem fun but is potentially very dangerous.
Extreme Distracted Driving
When participants of the InMyFeelings Challenge are dancing in the street, rather than sitting behind the wheel, they are not paying attention to their surroundings. Distracted driving accidents can happen very fast. If the driver is not in the car, this leaves little time for him or her to react to another driver, a cyclist, or a pedestrian who may be crossing the street. According to Worrell, you see more ads and commercials about the dangers of texting and talking on the phone while driving. Dancing while driving is just as dangerous, if not more so. A silly challenge is not worth someone’s life.
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If you have been seriously injured in a car accident involving another driver who was participating in the InMyFeelings Challenge, or another form of distracted driving, do not hesitate to contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton at your earliest convenience. We will investigate the details of your injury and ensure that your legal rights are always protected. Our dedicated team will secure the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your injuries. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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