A tally of selfie-related incidents leading to deaths last year comes with a startling revelation — selfie deaths in 2015 outnumber deaths from shark attacks.
The number of shark attack deaths compiled by website Shark Attack Survivors in 2015 stands at 10, while the number of selfie-related deaths compiled by the Washington Star-News reached 19 by December 2016’s end after a 22 year old Pakistani man died attempting to take a selfie while standing on tracks in front of a moving train.
The leading cause of deaths from selfie-related incidents was falling, while the next leading cause was train-related accidents while attempting to take self-portrait photos.
The Russian Interior Ministry launched a “Safe Selfie” campaign in July that included a pamphlet with illustrations of dangerous selfie-taking behavior, while photo-aiding selfie-sticks were banned at events including the Kentucky Derby, Wimbledon and music festivals Coachella and Lollapalooza.
A man attempting to take a selfie video while driving in his Jeep last September rear-ended another vehicle and had a canoe crash through his windshield. The man was not injured, but he branded the incident a “PSA” warning against distracted driving.