Driver loses control of car, crashes when attempting to take a selfie

A man in Maine sent two friends to the hospital after he crashed his car while trying to take a selfie over the weekend. Maine State Police told WCSH 6 that Jordan Toner was driving seven friends down a road in a heavily wooded area in Orient, MA, on Saturday. He decided to immortalize the group's good times with a picture. When he leaned over to join in on the action he lost control of the vehicle and hit a tree head-on.

Two women who were sitting up front without seat belts were rushed to the hospital with cuts and other injuries. Two men were also injured. Toner was charged with distracted driving. One would hope that such obvious carelessness would be rare, but a startling number of drivers are holding in-car photo shoots. A British study found one in five drivers admitted to taking selfies while driving. The study found motorists between the ages of 25 and 35, like Toner, are the ones most likely to mug for the camera while on the road. A Ford study from 2014 found the average selfie takes about 14 seconds. That's a long time for a drive to have their eyes off the road.

Distracted driving is a problem in all industrialized nations. In the US, 3,154 people were killed in car crashes involving distracted drivers in 2013; a 6.7-percent decrease in the number of fatalities recorded in 2012, according to NHTSA. However, the rate of people being injured is going up. Distracted driving crashes injured 424,000 people in 2013, which is an increase from the 421,000 people who were injured the year prior.

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