Advancements in technology have revolutionized how we communicate and share stories and information. New mobile applications now exist that allow users to send videos and photos to their loved ones in real time. One of the pioneering apps using this technology is Snapchat. Snapchat provides a quick and easy way for mobile phone users to send short videos and pictures of themselves to others.
Due to the popularity of this communication method, more people are beginning to use it while driving. This often poses dangers to the driver and to other motorists and pedestrians while on the road. In fact, pedestrians are most at risk of this snapping while driving craze. Over 430,000 car accident injuries are caused each year by drivers who are distracted by their mobile phones.
Distractions Caused by Snapchat
Drivers may be wondering why using Snapchat can be so dangerous. Snapping while driving often causes drivers to look at the screen of their mobile phones and to become distracted from the road. Even a few seconds of distraction can result in a nasty car accident.
If you’re wondering how many accidents are caused by Snapchat and other similar applications, the statistics are baffling. The NHTSA has found that about 430,000 accidents are caused by distracted drivers each year, with about 3,000 fatalities resulting from these accidents. Pedestrians are at greater risk of harm from distracted driving accidents. Drivers who veer off the road, fail to stop at crosswalks, or fail to yield to nearby pedestrians, can cause injuries and fatalities while driving.
Many of these distracted drivers tend to be teenagers, with about 10% of distracted driving accidents being caused by drivers between the ages of 15-19 years. It is also alarming that almost one third of all teen deaths in the US are caused by teen car crashes.
Consequences of Driving Distractions
Every motorist is required to maintain full concentration on the road at all times. Therefore, any victims of a crash that is caused by a distracted driver are liable to receive adequate compensation under accident law. Motorists at fault may have to compensate pedestrians and other victims of crashes that they cause. As a pedestrian, a personal injury lawyer will typically ensure that you receive all the compensation you deserve as a car accident victim.
If you are a pedestrian or another driver and suffer injury as a result of a distracted driver, contact Universal Law Group right away. We are Houston car accident-attorneys who can champion for the compensation that you truly deserve. Our extensive experience and understanding of the law will enable us to pursue all channels available to ensure compensation for your injuries.