While taking selfies and using filters to create funny pictures makes Snapchat entertaining, the cell phone app should not be used when driving. However, a speed filter that displays the rate one is traveling at has documented people using their cell phone while operating a vehicle. The most alarming part is how fast some drivers are going.
Safety advocates think the speed filter encourages dangerous driving as it gives motorists a reason to speed and record it, and there are already two crashes that could be related to Snapchat. In a Florida accident, a vehicle is recorded traveling at 82.6 mph and 115.6 mph before a wrong-way collision that killed five people.
In another wreck in Georgia, a driver documented her speed at 113 mph with the Snapchat filter. After she hit another car, the driver also used the app to send a picture from a stretcher that said "lucky to be alive." The other driver in the accident also survived but wasn't so lucky as this motorist suffer traumatic brain injuries. When one suffers injuries in a crash caused by a driver's negligence, one may wish to consult a car accident lawyer to recover expenses related to the incident.
In the case of the Georgia accident, Snapchat reports that records show the app wasn't being used when the crash happened. They also stated that they do not encourage using the speed filter while driving. A warning appears when using the speed filter for the first time and when traveling above 15 mph.
Drivers engaging in reckless behavior could be negligent when an accident injures someone as these drivers were not using a reasonable standard of care while on the road. Speeding or texting while driving are two examples of recklessness. For more information, contact us today.
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