Snapchat has a filter that will tell you how fast you are traveling when you take a selfie. Unfortunately, users are taking selfies and using the filter when they are driving. This distracted driving behavior has now resulted in a traumatic brain injury for one man.
It apparently didn’t make any headway with the driver of the vehicle that struck the injured man’s vehicle. Not only was she trying to use the filter when the accident happened, she also used it to take a selfie out the back of the ambulance that was taking her to the hospital. Her caption for the photo was “Lucky to be alive.”
Attorneys for the victim said that the woman was “just trying to get the car to 100 miles per hour to post it on Snapchat.” A passenger in the car the woman was driving said they were going 107 when the accident happened. This was in an area where the speed limit is 55 mph. At one point, the passenger said they were traveling 113 mph according to the filter.
The man, who was driving the other car, spent five weeks in the intensive care unit. He cannot work and must rely on a wheelchair or walker to get around. Before the accident, the man worked as an Uber driver.
Both the driver of the other vehicle and Snapchat are listed as defendants in the car accident lawsuit. The plaintiff says that Snapchat is aware of other accidents that were caused by the app while people are driving fast. However, the company chose to keep the speed filter. The victim’s attorney said, “This is a product liability case because Snapchat put something very dangerous in the marketplace without any warnings or safeguards, and basically said, whatever happens, happens.”
Snapchat did not comment on the lawsuit because it is pending, but said the app has a warning with it that says not to use it when driving.
If you have been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, you have a right to seek compensation. An experienced attorney can provide you with additional information on how to proceed with such a case in civil court.
Source: CentralIllinoisProud.com, “Snapchat speed filter blamed for 107-mph crash,” Hope King, April 26, 2016