Many individuals often attempt to emulate what they see trending in some of the videos that go viral on social media today, although not all are successful at doing so. Sometimes, things take a turn for the worst, especially when there is risk involved which leads to a person suffering an injury. Fox 40 recently reported on an incident that occurred in Iowa City, IA that highlights how things can go wrong when a person attempts to re-create a viral video they saw online.
Fox 40 shared the story involving 18-year-old Anna Worden, a teen who once could dance and move freely, who is now regaining the strength to walk again. Worden told the news source that after seeing the “KiKi Challenge” which was inspired by the musician Drake’s songs “In My Feelings,” she wanted to attempt to do it too just like thousands of others had since the release of the song. Now, if you haven’t seen the video, it involves a person getting out of a moving vehicle and singing and dancing along with the song.
Unfortunately, when Worden attempted the choreographed video she had seen others do online, she says she opened the car door and when she got out, and “tripped and fell and hit [her] head.” Worden was knocked unconscious and had to be airlifted to a hospital in Iowa City. When she arrived at the ICU, that is when she regained consciousness and she said, “that’s when it hit me.” She told the news source that one of her first thoughts when she awoke after having been knocked out was “wow, I’m actually in the University of Iowa Hospital because I tried to do some little challenge everyone’s doing now, and I’m the only one that got majorly hurt.”
Worden, who as we mentioned above is now learning to walk again but is slowly regaining her ability to do so, has a lesson she wishes to share with others after her accident and that is: “Be more careful about the challenges and fads that are going around. It may seem fun, and it may seem easy, but at the same time, they could also be dangerous.”
The reality is, social media heavily influences individuals today and many often find themselves doing and saying things they never imagined they would. But, the truth is, when you are attempting to do something that you aren’t skilled at which requires you to take on some level of risk, you put yourself in harm’s way which could cause you to wind up like Worden. Therefore, it is important that you and others you know refrain from doing anything that could potentially cause you to suffer a severe injury.
Can an accident victim file a lawsuit against an app developer or a social media outlet if it contributed to causing an accident?
Now, although many individuals have managed to blame social media and certain app developers for accidents that have occurred, it is important to understand that any victim who engages in an accident and decides to take legal action against one of these entities isn’t guaranteed to win their case. In fact, in order to stand a chance at obtaining a successful outcome, you will need to hire an Iowa City, IA accident attorney who can help you prove that negligence led to the accident occurring.
Therefore, if you or someone you know suffered an injury and you believe a social media outlet or other online source contributed to causing the incident to transpire, contact the accident lawyers at Eells & Tronvold Law Offices, P.L.C. located in Cedar Rapids today to find out whether you have a viable case on your hands and if so, how we can help you recover the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to receive.
You can reach Eells & Tronvold Law Offices, P.L.C. at:
1921 51st Street NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Phone: (319) 393-1020
Fax: (319) 393-4000