Selfies are the latest craze to sweep the internet. Social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are littered with people posing for pictures. As with all crazes, it wasn’t long before competitive instincts kicked in and users began uploading pictures of their selfies in increasingly outlandish situations.
Whilst this can undoubtedly make for a memorable photograph, not to mention attract hundreds of likes or retweets, it can also put the individual in question of suffering personal injuries from an accident, be it an incident on the road or a public fall.
There are some places where taking the time to pose for a selfie borders on madness. One such place is the infamous North Yungas Road in Bolivia.
Are road traffic accidents the biggest danger on North Yungas Road?
In short, yes. Anyone who watched the Bolivia special of popular BBC television series Top Gear will remember Jeremy Clarkson squeezing and squeaking his way past a bus whilst gazing down into a luscious but perilous green abyss. When a situation is precarious enough for even the motor-mouthed presenter to be quiet, you know it is serious.
North Yungas Road is generally recognised as the most dangerous road in the world. Estimates vary between 200 and 300 for the number of fatal traffic accidents that occur on this perilous stretch every year. Just looking at pictures of the road is enough to induce sweaty palms and an increased heart rate. The side of the road is littered with crosses placed in memory of those whose lives have been taken whilst travelling on the road.
Surrounded by the Amazon rainforest and boasting stunning panoramic views, there is no doubting the idyllic beauty of the environment which surrounds you. However, with extremely narrow tracks, poor road surfaces and a sheer drop of hundreds of feet, there is also no question that this is a road to be avoided if at all possible. There are more than enough picturesque locations for a selfie in the Amazon without needing to risk life and limb taking one on North Yungas Road.
Making a compensation claim
If you have been injured due to the negligence of someone else, then you can make a claim for compensation with Accident Advice Helpline. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile for more information on how to do so.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice