We live in an age of instant gratification. We are all accustomed to getting “likes” the minute we post or share something on social media, to finding gas stations without having to open a phone book, and using our smartphones to help us collect memories. Sometimes, we want to do that while we are driving.
But is it safe? The answer is a resounding NO.
What’s the Risk of Using Your Camera While Driving?
In short, doing anything else while driving puts you, your passengers, and other innocent people on the road in danger.
Texas recently implemented a ban on driving and texting as of September 1, 2017. The ban only directly prohibits texting and driving, but the rationale behind it applies to other cell phone activities. Like taking photos or videos.
When a driver is not giving full attention to the act of driving, say taking a video of her adorable child in the back seat, responding to a Facebook post, or snapping a picture of the annoying driver just ahead of him, that’s called “being distracted.” And that distraction prevents him or her from being able to respond appropriately to real-time changes on the road, putting everyone around in harm’s way.
Make the memories wait until you’re done steering a three-ton vehicle. If the sunset is so gorgeous that you’ll cry unless you capture it, go ahead and pull over, then snap your shot. If you have a passenger, conscript him or her as your photographer and answering service.
One photo is not worth a lifetime of regrets if you cause a wreck.
Injured by an Amateur Photographer?
If you or someone you love was injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by a distracted driver, call Crowe Arnold & Majors, LLP as soon as possible. Call (214) 231-0555 to speak to an experienced Texas accident attorney who will work with you towards receiving just compensation for your injuries.