Snapchat is in trouble again. Just weeks after an ill-timed Bob Marley filter stirred up controversy, Snapchat’s filter which lets people share how fast they’re traveling while they take selfies is under fire (via CNN Money) A car accident victim is blaming Snapchat’s speed filter for a crash that left him with traumatic brain injuries, according to a new lawsuit.
The plaintiff, Wentworth Maynard, was merging onto a four lane highway outside of Atlanta, Georgia when his car was struck “so violently it shot across the left lane into the left embankment,” his lawyers contend.
Christal McGee was allegedly driving the car that struck him. The lawsuit says that she was on her phone trying to use the Snapchat speed filter at the time of the accident.
At FL LEGAL, this is what we think:
The technology at our fingertips is more prevalent than ever. But using this snapchat filter while driving is an extremely unsafe idea. Unfortunately for the victim here, the driver’s use of her snapchat filter while running her car over 100mph will forever impact him, as he’s suffered brain injuries as a result.
“McGee wanted to post an image of herself going fast. She argued that she was, ‘Just trying to get the car to 100 miles per hour to post it on Snapchat.'” the victim’s lawyers say. A passenger in McGee’s car said she had hit 113 mph on the Snapchat filter, they added. When the cars hit, the speed was 107 mph, according to the complaint. The speed limit was 55.
“While [she] was distracted and on her phone, McGee did not notice that a gray Mitsubishi, driven by Maynard Wentworth, had pulled out onto the road,” the complaint says. McGee, who was also injured in the accident, apparently also took a Snapchat while she was in the ambulance, on a gurney, with blood on her face. “Lucky to be alive” was the caption.