In today’s world, social media is so ubiquitous and so important that some people take great risks for a great photo. It has created a rise in unique types of injuries, such as the selfie injury. Some people have been seriously injured or have died as a result of taking selfies in unsafe locations.
For example, some social media users have fallen to their deaths after climbing high cliffs or standing on ledges to get a specific photo. In other situations, social media users have photographed themselves doing dangerous things, such as dancing beside a moving car, and have been subsequently been injured.
It’s not just those taking photos who can suffer injuries, either. Some social media users and photo-takers have caused car accidents and injuries to others because they have been so focused on getting the perfect snapshot that they have injured a bystander.
Preventing Injuries from Photography in Hollywood and Florida
If you’re taking photos or selfies, follow these tips for staying safe:
- Always obey “no trespassing signs.”
- Avoid leaning out on ledges or our of windows. The right photo is not worth fall injuries.
- Always be aware of your surroundings.
- If social media photos are important to you, consider taking them in safer spaces and use costume changes or other methods (besides extreme surroundings) to get more followers.
- Always make sure you have clearance before taking a photo.
- Never take photos in moving cars or anywhere with traffic.
- Avoid using selfie sticks where possible—they can easily smack into passersby.
- Use common sense and do not take photos in extreme weather or potentially dangerous situations.
Even if you are cautious, of course, tourists in Hollywood, Miami, and other parts of Florida often take photos and may not always look out for the safety of those around them. To avoid being injured by photo-takers, you will want to:
- Use extra caution when walking in tourist-dense areas.
- When walking in areas where tourists tend to visit, use extra care and vigilance.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
If you are injured by someone who is being reckless with a camera, contact Flaxman Law Group at 1-866-352-9626 (1-866-FLAXMAN) for a free consultation with a Hollywood personal injury attorney. Flaxman Law Group has more than six decades of trial and negotiation experience. Your first consultation with us is free of charge and comes with no obligation, so you can learn whether you have the grounds for a case to pursue compensation for losses you have suffered.