technology, distracted driving & car accidents
One of the first things we are taught in driving school is to buckle up our seat belts. Next is to keep our eyes on the road and our hands on the wheel. Sadly, with so much technology at our fingertips, these staples of safe driving are being neglected more each day. What began as an increase in texting and driving incidents (some resulting in fatalities) is also developing into a concern for live streaming on social media while driving. As technology advances, serious car accidents increase. Such was the case last week in California when a teenage girl was live streaming on social media while driving. Sadly, there were fatal results.
Obdulia Sanchez, an 18-year-old girl from California is being accused of driving under the influence and has been arrested after a fatal accident in which she was live streaming a video on Instagram while driving. The driver lost control of the vehicle which overturned and ejected her sister, Jacqueline Sanchez, and another teenage passenger from the back of the vehicle. The driver livestreamed video both before and after the fatal crash that killed her sister, causing much controversy. The other passenger suffered serious leg injuries; allegedly neither of the two girls in the back seat were seat-belted.
According to Automobile Safety Foundation, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that distracted driving is the number one cause of accidents. With hundreds of thousands of cell phone users on the road and the technology already loaded into the vehicles we drive, it’s no wonder distracted driving is on the rise. While educational programs and public service announcements continue to keep this sobering news up-to-date, the infallible thought of “It can’t happen to me,” unfortunately continues to prevail.
If a driver is caught using technology which distracts them from safely operating a vehicle, but no injuries or fatalities occur, a serious fine along with a moving violation may be incurred. Unfortunately, when injuries and fatalities do occur, there are serious legal grounds which need investigating, such as recklessness and negligence.
When an injury or fatality due to distracted driving happens in your family, it is imperative to immediately obtain the counsel from highly skilled, qualified, and experienced legal experts. There are serious repercussions for distracted driving. Each case is different depending on the circumstances and a thorough investigation is necessary for appropriate recovery.
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