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Driver Updating Facebook Accused of Fatal Crash

Posted in General, News, Newsworthy, Safety by MrAngry | February 18th, 2011 | 4 Responses |

Texting While Driving

I remember my first cell phone. It was 1988 and the phone receiver was the same size as the one you’d have in your house. That receiver was then connected to a battery pack that was probably 8″ x 10″ x 4″ in size and plugged into your car via your cigarette lighter. Service was spotty and calls were exorbitantly expensive, but they worked and that’s all that mattered. By today’s standards it was an archaic device that had only one function – to make phone calls. Our phones today are pint size computers that are capable of just about anything, the least of which is talking to other people. However all of this technology can be very distracting, especially when it comes to driving. Case in point; last year the daughter of a Chicago man who was run down filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver of the vehicle, alleging that the driver was updating Facebook from her cell phone when the accident occurred. 70 year old Raymond Veloz was apparently stepping out of his car on December 7th, 2010 when he was struck and killed by one Araceli Beas. The case states that, according to her cellphone, Beas was updating her Facebook page at 7:54 am, the same time as Veloz made a call to 911. Beas states her vision was impaired by the sun at the time of the incident.

The case is still pending, but what’s really frightening about this is the fact that we all know that there are THOUSANDS of people updating websites, texting and doing whatever else on their phones, when all they really should be doing is driving their cars. Accidents happen all the time, but please, please, please understand that you have the power to prevent so many of them if you simply put the phone down and just concentrate on driving.

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4 Responses

  1. People don’t think about it but getting into an accident like that can alter the rest of your life. If you are convicted of being negligent I think you can go to jail for involuntary manslaughter even if it was an accident. Not to mention knowing the fact that you killed someone.

  2. Canrith says:

    It is terrible that someone lost their life because of something as useless as updating an online status.

    That being said, what is likely to cause other accidents as bad is that automakers are actually integrating facebook, twitter, ect in their cars for use through voice commands. Even without having to look away from the roads, most people will still be distracted enough to allow themselves to swerve from lane to lane.

    • Jen says:

      Spot on. I have never understood why Ford markets Sync as this social-media super-center IN A CAR when there are already so many existing problems with distracted driving.

  3. Jen says:

    Side note: I love that your picture is a right-hand drive car lol