Snapchat Getting Sued over its “Speed” Filter in Georgia Court
Snapchat, Inc., company that owns the popular app of the same name, is getting sued over an accident that sent an Uber driver to the hospital and left him with permanent brain damage. The lawsuit alleges that the apps speed filter, which allows users to display the speed at which they are traveling when a picture is taken, encourages drivers to break the speed limit and that Snapchat knew of the danger the speed filter posed but continued to offer it anyhow.
A Textbook Example of Distracted Driving
According to the lawsuit, an 18-year-old driver was trying to get her Snapchat photo to register that she was going in excess of 100 miles per hour. She was using the app and driving at approximately 107 miles per hour when she slammed into an Uber driver’s vehicle. The speed limit on the road where the accident took place was 55 miles per hour.
Regardless of whether the jury, in this case, finds Snapchat liable for the Uber driver’s injuries, it is almost certain that the driver will be. 1 occurs when a driver is manually, cognitively, or visually distracted from the task of driving his or her vehicle. Smartphone and app use tend to combine all three forms, making it particularly dangerous. In addition to the fact that the driver was distracted at the time of the accident, the fact that she was going more than 50 miles per hour faster than the speed limit makes it a near-certainty that she will be deemed liable for the accident.
Victims of Distracted Drivers Should call an Attorney
Distracted driving is 2 driving in almost every case imaginable, which means that victims will likely be able to recover for their losses. Some examples of driver distractions other than smartphone use include the following:
- Looking around the vehicle for personal items
Car accident victims are often entitled to compensation. As a result, if you have been hurt in a wreck, you should call an attorney as soon as you can to discuss your case. To schedule a free case evaluation with one of our Cumming, Georgia auto accident attorneys, call today at 770-887-3162 or send us an email through our .