Blog: I don’t want to see pictures of car crashes on Twitter

It’s an increasingly common scenario. Emergency services attend a serious car crash, and while there they snap a picture that gets posted on Twitter. That picture is then picked up by local and national media who use what little information they have to write a story.

I’ve wondered a few times how I’d feel, if I found out a friend or relation had been involved in an accident through Twitter. Morally, surely it’s wise to leave it a period of time before posting pictures of cars involved in crashes online?

A few weeks ago, an acquaintance was involved in a serious crash. He was rushed into intensive care but, I’m pleased to say, is now at home and making a good recovery.

His car, bright yellow and very distinctive, was almost unrecognisable. But, it turns out, family members including his wife, did recognise it – after it was tweeted by the local newspaper. They found out via social media before emergency services were able to tell them face-to-face.

This must happen all the time. Emergency services do an excellent job, and it must be challenging picking up the mangled remains from crashes such as this, but I’m not sure why it’s increasingly common to see pictures like this on Twitter. Maybe it’s to shock people into driving more sensibly or not driving under the influence of alcohol, but surely it’d be better to at least give it some time before posting them?

Maybe I’m being too sensitive. But I don’t want to see pictures of crashed cars on my Twitter feed – especially when family members are yet to find out.