Can You Sue a Driver for Causing an Accident While Taking a Selfie?

Distracted driving has become an emerging trend that poses a serious threat – not only to the drivers who are preoccupied, but their passengers, other drivers, and even pedestrians. Accidents that are caused by unsafe practices, such as taking a selfie, have increased over the past few years. With the technology in today’s cellular phones, it is becoming apparent that drivers need to better understand their responsibilities – and when they fail to meet those responsibilities, they should be held accountable for their actions.

While all drivers could be held accountable for distracted driving, it is teenagers that are more prone to taking selfies, and being distracted by their devices, than other age groups.

The Role of Distracted Driving and a Personal Injury Claim

Personal injury lawsuits on the basis of distracted driving are becoming more common in the state. From injury claims to wrongful death claims, the number of distracted drivers causing accidents in the country is astounding. According to Distraction.gov, there are more than 3,300 fatalities each year because of distracted driving.

When a driver chooses to drive distracted, they are engaging in reckless and negligent behavior. Therefore, they could be held liable for any injuries or damages that they cause. In the case of a driver taking a selfie while operating a motor vehicle, that driver would be responsible for any injuries or damages caused because he or she chose to drive while distracted.

While the law has not yet caught up with the “selfie” behind the wheel, the law is clear about cellphone use. In the state of Indiana, there is no handheld ban at this time, but there is a ban for all drivers under the age of 18. There is also a ban on texting while driving, which applies to all ages. While selfies may not be included in the law, a driver may be cited for using his or her device while driving, especially if he or she chooses to text that selfie image to someone while operating a motor vehicle.

If the driver in your accident case is distracted, and you hold him or her liable for reckless behavior, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses, including:

  • Medical costs
  • Lost wages
  • Disability
  • Disfigurement
  • Pain and suffering
  • Property damage

Contact an Indianapolis Attorney Regarding Your Case

If you or a loved one was injured because of a distracted driver, contact Jacobs Law, LLC today. We can assist you with your injury claim. To get started, schedule a free consultation at (317) 794-2024 or fill out our online contact form with your questions.

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