Lawsuit Against Snapchat Says Teen Used App To Speed
Snapchat me that car crash?
Christal McGee, 18 at the time, was at the wheel of her father’s Mercedes C230 in suburban Atlanta around 11 p.m. ET on September 10, 2015. In her car were co-workers from the restaurant where she worked. She allegedly pulled out her phone and opened a Snapchat filter that records speed and overlays it on a picture you take. She accelerated.
Uber driver Wentworth Maynard’s car was struck by McGee’s car, which was traveling at 107 mph, according to the suit.
A statement from Maynard’s lawyers said he suffered serious brain damage and spent five weeks in intensive care. He needs assistance to walk and is unable to work. Maynard’s lawyers aren’t simply suing McGee for negligence. They’re also suing Snapchat.
The lawsuit alleges that Snapchat knew that people were using its filter while driving. In one case, said the lawyers, someone drove at 142 mph and posted the results. Maynard’s lawyers want McGee and Snapchat to pay their client’s medical bills and the lifelong care that he now requires.
They claim that Snapchat knew the filter was being used by people doing dangerous things. Snapchat, they allege, refused to do anything about it.
Should Snapchat do away with its speed filter?