There is a plethora of issues to consider with respect to motor vehicle collisions and many have been covered on this blog. From intoxicated driving to distractions that interfere with a person’s ability to drive safe, collisions take place for countless reasons. It is important to keep in mind that in the digital age, social media is intertwined with traffic accidents in different ways. On the one hand, social media can actually cause a traffic accident, while the way in which a person uses social media following a collision could have an impact on their case if they decide to go to court.
For starters, social media use can lead to distracted driving, which is especially prevalent and responsible for many of the fatal accidents that happen. It is very dangerous when a driver is live streaming, capturing video to share online, uploading a photo, or posting a message while they are behind the wheel. Regrettably, many drivers ignore the risks associated with smartphone and social media use while driving, putting lives in danger.
Aside from causing a crash, social media can affect victims afterward as well. For example, someone who shares images of the accident or certain details about the crash may find that this activity is used as evidence. As a result, those involved in a crash should be careful with respect to the information they share afterward, especially if they are considering filing suit or an insurance claim.
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