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Teen is Killed While Driving and Making a Facebook Live Video

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Teen is Killed While Driving and Making a Facebook Live Video

The dangers of new technology and distracted driving have been dramatically illustrated in a tragic case in Pennsylvania. An 18-year-old driver was making a Facebook Live video when she was hit by a truck, killing herself and a passenger.

The girl was reported to be broadcasting a live video on Facebook as she drove slowly in the right lane of Interstate 380 near Tobyhanna, reported ABC News.

Her 19-year-old passenger could be heard asking: “Are you going live?”

Girl was killed driving filming Facebook Live video

Distracted driving deaths rise

.Before the driver could answer, lights were seen flashing inside the car and tires screeched.

Both teens were killed when a tractor-trailer plowed into the back of their car just after midnight Tuesday. The driver of the truck was unhurt, according to reports.

The video continued for seven minutes after the wreck. The teens were reported to be driving on a spare tire, according to Pennsylvania State Trooper Dave Peters. However, that report was later questioned. The fiery wreck caused serious damage to their car.

Our thoughts are with the families of the victims of this terrible crash.

This is a tragedy that illustrates the dangers of distracted driving. Although the tractor-trailer driver may have been at fault in this crash, you will not be aware of your surroundings or in control of your vehicle if you are taking a video as you drive.

Rapid advances in smartphone apps and features like Facebook live video have given drivers more potential distractions on the road.

Distracted driving may help account for recent increases in the number of fatal wrecks on America’s roads after years of steady decline.

The 35,092 road wreck fatalities reported in 2015 represented an increase of about 7 percent over the previous year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Deaths in the first half of 2016 rose 10.4 percent over the same period of 2015, the agency reported.

Researchers believe distracted is the major cause for the reversal of the downward trend. It was linked to 3,477 deaths, or about 10 percent, of traffic fatalities in 2015.

States like Virginia have a ban related to texting and driving or using other cellphone features. Although it’s not illegal to make phone calls, we recommend you should put all hands-free devices in a place where you won’t be tempted to use them while you are driving.

If you were injured by a distracted driver, you will likely have grounds to file a lawsuit against their insurance policy. Please call us today at (757) 455-0077.

Griff O'Hanlon

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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley

Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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