Live streaming is the new wave of technology integrated into various social media outlets. Although, people feel the need to use social media while driving their vehicle. There have been multiple accidents caused by distracted drivers using their phones to live stream or record the moment while operating a vehicle.
Earlier this month, a young man in Providence was recklessly driving, weaving in and out of traffic and crashed into a garbage truck while driving at a dangerous 115 miles per hour. In the Facebook Live video the State Police confirmed, “He has his camera in his right hand, videotaping himself as he’s driving, has no seatbelt on, he starts to hit speeds of 90 miles an hour, which increases to 100 miles an hour, then you see several erratic lane changes where he goes from the high-speed lane to the low-speed lane, into the breakdown lane, in and out of traffic.” The driver survived the accident but was detained for reckless driving once he was in a stable condition.
Andrea Saul, a spokeswoman for Facebook stated, “People watching live video can report potential violations of our Community Standards, and we will take the appropriate action.” Meaning that Facebook Live is a tool that can be used to broadcast potential violation in public to social media.
On Tuesday night, a teen and her passenger were driving along a Pennsylvania highway when a tractor trailer rear-ended her vehicle. She was on Facebook Live when the tractor-trailer rammed into her car. The video recorded the tires screeching and the collision, as well as the last words of the passenger, “Are you going to live?” Followed by a dismal seven minutes of blackness and silence. The authorities will use the video to help determine who was at fault in this situation, People.
Distracted driving is no accident. Those who engage in distractions behind the wheel are making a conscious decision to endanger yourself and the lives of others. Ten percent of all drivers between the ages of 15 and 19 years old involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crashes. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a distracted driving accident in San Diego, Central Coast or in any of the surrounding communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation.
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