Social media and selfies may be a fun way to share memories, but safety experts believe they also increase the risk of car accidents in Chicago.
You may have noticed a driver taking a selfie while driving. Although there have been no major studies conducted to prove that selfies increase the chances of an accident, taking selfies and the use of social media while driving poses risks in a number of ways.
- Encourages interaction between passengers and driver: posing for a selfie while driving causes a lot of distraction.
- Visual distraction: Whether a driver is taking a selfie, posing for one, or uploading it to a social media account, it requires him or her to take their eyes off the road.
- Taking and posting a selfie requires more time compared to texting: Texting and driving has been shown to be a reason behind a large number of car accidents each year. When we compare texting to taking and uploading selfies, selfies take much more time, which means the driver is distracted for a longer period of time.
- Encourages risk taking behavior: According to safety experts and psychologists, some people take selfies to impress others. This means it is possible for drivers to take more risks than they usually do. They may drive recklessly or take selfies in a dangerous driving or traffic situation to take a more exciting photo.
- Peak social media activity time coincides with rush hours: Peak times for uploading photos to social media sites are 8PM on weekdays and 5PM on Sundays. Evening and weekend driving has its own risks and when we add the risk of taking and uploading selfies to it, the risk of an accident increases even further.
- Requires a driver to take hands off the steering wheel: When a driver takes a selfie or uploads it to social media, he or she has to take both hands off the steering wheel, multiplying the chances of a crash.
Social Media Is a Distraction
Drivers have become reasonably aware about the risks of texting and driving; however, there is little awareness about the risks of taking selfies and uploading them and no stigma is attached to it. Drivers openly take and flaunt selfies on social media. People have gone to the extent of taking selfies on the hospital bed after having been in a car crash. There is a call for more responsibility on the part of drivers to prevent crashes caused by selfies and other types of distraction.
If you or someone close to you has been injured by a distracted driver, contact our Chicago personal injury lawyer from Willens Law Offices. Call us at (312) 957-4166.