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Viral challenge leads to car wreck

Posted on Monday, January 28th, 2019 at 3:39 pm    

Online “challenges” that go viral can be fun for many people in Tennessee and elsewhere, especially the younger crowd. These such challenges have become a part of popular culture in the United States, and they are frequently posted online for others’ amusement. However, it is important to use common sense when participating in a viral challenge. Many of these activities, such as the notorious “Tide Pod challenge,” have resulted in injuries.

Recently in Utah, a 17-year-old girl reportedly wrecked her car when driving blindfold and participating in the latest online challenge craze. The “Bird Box challenge,” modeled after events in the Netflix movie Bird Box, involves participants blindfolding themselves and doing everyday activities. The Bird Box challenge and others like it can be harmless when people take the necessary precautions and avoid putting themselves or others in danger. However, according to CBS News, the driver and a teenage passenger apparently decided it would be a good idea to try the challenge while driving blind. Not surprisingly, they collided with another vehicle. Fortunately, no injuries were reported.

Netflix spokespeople responded to this incident and other minor mishaps by urging people not to take part in the Bird Box challenge. There is nothing wrong with participating in a popular activity when common sense is a part of the proceedings. When it comes to a motor vehicle, it may be best to avoid viral challenges altogether. Those who are injured as the result of other people’s negligent actions may be entitled to the compensation of their medical expenses.

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