On May 11th, 2016 the popular social media app Instagram updated with quite a few improvements. The overall look and feel is much different with photos and videos being “liked” or “hearted” in a different location. There are also a few other minor changes but nothing that would be noticed by the common user.
With any app update, a personal injury law firm must digest the information and determine if it will cause more distracted driving car accidents. In Los Angeles and throughout all of Southern California there are millions of drivers that also have an Instagram account. When sitting in traffic in Los Angeles a number of drivers will distract themselves by looking at social apps to see what their friends and family members are doing.
Recently, Instagram updated their app to allow users to upload videos up to 60 seconds. This means more and more users are watching longer videos on Instagram rather than YouTube, Facebook or other video sharing websites. This is a major cause for concern because Instagram is a popular app for millennials; especially those that have just gotten their driver’s license.
Older drivers can avoid the distractions by focusing on the road but younger drivers are often looking for entertainment at any given moment. In fact, we are seeing more and more Instagram photos of those driving a vehicle in Los Angeles or the surrounding areas. In fact, Kylie Jenner has been notorious for using Snapchat while she is driving in Hollywood and Beverly Hills. Unfortunately, some of her millions of followers are taking her lead and doing the same thing.
In our professional opinion, this Instagram app will likely cause more distractions for the first month of usage. The new layout will not be familiar and drivers will spend time distracting themselves from traffic by consuming the content that is available on Instagram.
Depending on the success of the app, there will likely be even more users sharing photos, videos and comments.
Reading Comments While Driving
While the comments have not changed, they are still difficult to read if you cannot focus on your smartphone. Popular Instagram accounts receive thousands of comments. If you want to read these comments you will need to click the “View all [number comment]” This will load another screen and you will then have to scroll up and click the “Load more comments” option.
As you can imagine, if you are trying to do this while driving, it can cause a huge distraction. As we know that distracted driving is driving while performing any activity which could potentially distract a driver from the primary task of operating a running vehicle. Instagram continues to be more and more of a distraction for high school and college students.
It is understandable that those riding in the passenger seat or in the back seat of a vehicle will want to entertain themselves with Instagram and Snapchat but drivers should never look at their phone while behind the wheel of the vehicle.
If you want more information on distracted driving or your legal rights after getting into a car accident in Los Angles call the SoCal Injury Lawyers at (800) 950-77550. We have a legal team that can help you better understand ways to avoid distracted driving.
Instagram Users in Los Angeles and Southern California
At this point, it is still not easy to find users in a local area on Instagram. Most users have found their friends and family through Facebook which is the parent company of Instagram. As Instagram continues to evolve and offers a search function to find users in Los Angeles or throughout the state of California it will likely grow even more.
Some have argued that social media apps like Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook have become the new dating and entertainment apps meaning users are looking to find others out and about while on the app. Unfortunately, while out and about, these individuals are driving and looking at their iPhone or Android at the same time.
Hopefully, those that are using Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook as entertainment are doing so while they are not driving a vehicle in any part of the world.