The Dangers of Facebook Live and Automobile Accidents

There is no doubt that the changes in technology have been praised for making communication more accessible and convenient for everyone who has adapted to the change. However, the advancement of technology has led to increased accidents directly related to the use of cell phone devices while driving. Distracted driving is a major problem that has led to many campaigns to end the activity that has fatal consequences of many of our youth. Technological advances will continue to increase, so drivers should be aware of the dangers associated with each new advancement and refrain from engaging in these activities that have unintended and lasting consequences. If you or your loved one has been injured in an accident or incident due to the negligence of another motorist, contact Colombo Law today for a no-risk initial consultation.

Recent Cases in the United States: Facebook Live

Last month there were two incidents in which drivers were on Facebook Live at the time of their accidents. The first incident involved a young driver in the state of Rhode Island who was seriously injured while recording on Facebook Live when he crashed into the back of a garbage truck and hit a concrete barrier. In this case the driver can be seen weaving in and out of traffic while switching the camera between himself and the road ahead.

Another case last month featured two Pennsylvania teenagers who were fatally killed while on Facebook Live when a tractor trailer crashed into the back of the motor vehicle they were driving. Witnesses reported that the teens vehicles were moving slower than the speed of the normal flow of traffic. The video was not on very long before the incident occurred.

How Facebook Live Can Impact a Personal Injury Award

It is important to understand that any live footage of the time of the accident or circumstances leading up to the accident can and will likely be used against you or your loved one as evidence. Many attorneys are using social media as a way of determining or proving liability of the other party. In the Pennsylvania matter for instance, the truck company will likely use the Facebook Live video to shift some or all of the blame on the deceased teenagers, even if they were not responsible for the accident.

Contact Colombo Law Today

While advances in technology have certainly made life more convenient, the car accident lawyers at Colombo Law urge you to be responsible while driving, as no text message or social media interaction is worth a life or even an injury. If you or your loved one has been injured by another’s negligence related to distracted driving, we want to help you obtain compensation for your unnecessary injury. Our attorneys are available to meet with you at your convenience. Contact one of our experienced attorneys today for your initial consultation, where we will discuss the strength of a claim and some strategies that will be necessary for the highest probability of recovery.

by Colombo Law
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