Snapchat Sued For Speed Filter Which Left Man Permanently Brain Damaged
Lawyers for a man with permanent brain damage are suing Snapchat and a driver after they claim the speed tracker on the social media platform caused the crash that injured him.
According to CNBC, Christal McGee was driving a Mercedes Benz at about 11:15 p.m. on Sept. 10, 2015, while using a filter on Snapchat that tracks how fast users are moving:
McGee wanted to post an image of herself going fast, so she “pushed the speed of her Mercedes to above 80 miles per hour. McGee then pushed the speed of her Mercedes to above 90 miles per hour. And McGee continued to push the speed of her Mercedes to above 100 miles per hour,” according to the lawsuit, filed by attorney Michael Lawson Neff.
McGree crashed into the victim, Wentworth Maynard’s, car at 107 mph where the speed limit was 55 mph. Meynard spent five weeks in instensive care and can no longer work.
Maynard’s lawyers call the Snapchat speed filter a “national safety issue.”
Now I understand why Snapchat has been putting that “don’t snap and drive” warning on their filters now.