By: Chris Reynolds
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The Growing Danger of Snapchat Distraction in Florida Car Accidents
One of the more popular smartphone applications recently has been the rise of Snapchat. Essentially, this application allows a user to “snap” a short video or photo and share it before it is deleted for viewing by the application. Snapchat has undeniably created a new and very popular way for people to communicate. Part of the appeal seems to be how easy the application is compared to other methods of communication, such as texting. When compared to texting, snapping a photo and sending it is easier and not as complicated.
By now, people are all too familiar with the dangers of texting while driving, and the car accidents and injuries that result. However, as technology expands with applications like Snapchat, new dangers are quickly emerging.
It is estimated that there are 75 million people who use Snapchat daily in North America alone. Overall, there are over 3.5 billion Snaps every day according to a recent study. One of the more important revelations is that 11% of drivers admit that they use Snapchat while driving.
Distracted driving due to cell phones has already been established. In the United States, about 660,000 drivers use cellphones in some way while driving. Snapchat even has a filter that allows a person to record the speed the person is going when the photo or video is taken. Though that is harmless when done by a passenger, one can only wonder how many people use this function to show friends how fast they are going while driving?
More than 40,000 people died in car accidents in 2018. Further, drivers in their 20s make up 37% of the distracted drivers who were using cell phones in fatal crashes. People in their 20’s are 73% of Snapchat users.
So, we can see that the vast majority of Snapchat users (millennials) seem to overlap with the 37% of distracted driving fatal accidents.
Of course, Snapchat itself does not cause motor vehicle accidents. Naturally, it is the users of the technology who choose to it while driving that cause the danger. Driving is dangerous enough by itself. Any distraction can lead to death, brain injury, spinal injury, and all manner of other types of devastating injuries.
Please protect yourself and do not Snapchat and drive. However, even defensive driving will not always protect people, and car accidents caused by distracted drivers are sometimes unavoidable despite being careful yourself. If a distracted driver causes you to be in a motor vehicle accident, contact experienced trial lawyer Chris Reynolds to discuss your options.