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Selfies on the roads becoming epidemic

The unfortunate reality about life in Vancouver, Washington, is that too many Americans are obsessed with their smartphones and taking "selfies." While a selfie is not inherently dangerous, a disturbing trend is to use social media apps, such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, to take a selfie while behind the wheel of a car and hashtag the image with #DrivingSelfie, #SelfieWhileDriving or the ironic #HopeIDon'tCrash.

Such an action is inherently dangerous, yet so many young drivers are ignoring the dangers to not only themselves and fellow passengers in their car with him, but also to everyone else sharing the road, whether in a car, on foot or on a bike.

Recent campaigns, such as "don't text and drive" and an increase in citations for being on the phone without a hand's free device, have tried to curb accidents. But, statistics show more needs to be done.

According to the United States National Safety Council, over 40,000 died last year on the roads, six percent higher than last year and 14 percent higher than 2014. And, it appears that many of these deadly accidents involve teens.

Anyone involved in a car accident knows the catastrophic of even deadly results that could occur. If one has been involved in an accident and suffered a serious injury or worse, they may want to speak with a firm familiar with personal injuries to see whether they may be entitled to compensation. Nothing can bring back the life of a loved one, but justice and proper compensation may allow for a more comfortable return to as normal of life as possible.

Source: CBS, "Fatal attraction for drivers: taking a 'selfie' on the highway," Ed Leefeldt, May 11, 2017

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