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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Snapchat Speed Filter Blamed for Distracted Driving, Personal Injury

Adding to the number distractions available via smartphone devices, Snapchat now offers a controversial feature that lets users share how fast they are traveling when they take a picture.  This feature can be particularly dangerous when it’s a driver taking a selfie. 

According to CNN, this is exactly what happened when a driver taking a selfie while traveling at 113 miles per hour hit another vehicle outside of Atlanta.    The victim reportedly suffered major injuries, now needs a walker or wheelchair and cannot resume his job as an Uber driver. 

Distracted driving has a real impact on our safety.  Last year 257 more people were involved in fatal car crashes than in 2014, a significant increase of 22%.  This marks the first annual increase in traffic fatalities seen in Georgia in a decade.  And over 65 percent of roadway fatalities involve drivers failing to maintain their lane. 

Looking for ways to limit distractions in the car?  Here are three simple habits drivers can develop to protect themselves, their passengers and others sharing the road. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, we’re here to help.  Contact Marc Avidano today for a free consultation at mavidano@smithwelchlaw.com or call 770-389-4864.

 

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