Snapchat SUED for Car Accident.
Posted 5/5/16

Teen took Snapchat photos while crashing Mercedes at 107 mph. Now her victim has sued Snapchat.
An Atlanta-area teen took Snapchat photos while driving her father's Mercedes 113 miles per hour in September 2015. She crashed the car and hit an Uber driver at more than 100 miles per hour. The injured man is suing the driver and Snapchat. Here's what you need to know. (Victoria Walker/The Washington Post)
Christal McGee was behind the wheel of her father’s white Mercedes, 18-years-old and on her way home from work on a Thursday night in September 2015, when she pulled out her phone and opened the app.

Snapchat has a filter that allows users to record their speed of travel, and she wanted to see how fast she could go. So McGee accelerated, then accelerated some more, reaching 113 miles per hour on a suburban road outside Atlanta where the speed limit is 55.

She didn’t see Maynard Wentworth, an Uber driver just starting his shift that night, until it was too late. She hit him at 107 miles per hour.

Wentworth suffered a traumatic brain injury and was hospitalized for months.

Now he and his wife are suing McGee — and Snapchat — for negligence. The narrative of that night is outlined in a civil complaint filed in Spalding County court last week, which alleges that Snapchat was equally responsible for the cause of the crash because the company did not delete the miles per hour filter from the app after it was cited in similar accidents prior to the September 2015 crash.

The complaint and a statement from Wentworth’s lawyer, Michael L. Neff, explain that night like this: McGee was driving several of her friends home from work at a local restaurant in Hampton, Ga., a suburb of Atlanta. One of the friends was pregnant, according to the statement from Neff’s office. Over the pregnant passenger’s objections, McGee urged the Mercedes faster and faster.

She argued, according to the statement, that she was trying to get the car to 100 miles per hour so she could post it on Snapchat. McGee’s passengers saw the controversial filter hit 113 miles per hour. The teen was just about to post the Snapchat, the statement says, when she crashed into Wentworth’s Mitsubishi.

The collision caused Wentworth “permanent brain damage,” the complaint says, rendering him unable to work and causing him to lose 50 pounds since the wreck.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/04/28/lawsuit-blames-snapchat-for-107-mph-crash-in-mercedes-caused-by-teen-girl-using-speed-filter/
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This is why you don't use your phone while driving. That poor uber driver.
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The only reason they are suing snapchat is because the kids that crashed into them have no money. They have to find someone else with money at fault so that they can pay for all their medical bills.
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I lost respect for the Uber driver when he decided to sue Snapchat as well. It was teens fault not the company, you can't hold someone accountable for someone else's actions.
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about as stupid as the people who have died trying to take "cool" selfies. Snapchat should just give them a few bucks via snapcash (real money exchange on the app)
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any reasonable jury/judge should instantly dismiss the case. the teen was the only one at fault, and any damages should be paid by her insurance (and if she doesn't have one, someone will be in quite a lot of trouble)

inb4 snapchat counter-sues the couple for falsely accusing the company of negligence.
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stealyourface wrote:

about as stupid as the people who have died trying to take "cool" selfies. Snapchat should just give them a few bucks via snapcash (real money exchange on the app)


They did the gene pool a favour.
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This chick couldn't do two things at once if her life depended on it, all she had to do was step on a peddle an then take a picture. The guy's not gunna win , he would have better luck suing Mercedes for giving their cars the ability to go so fast.
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The only reason they are suing snapchat is because the kids that crashed into them have no money. They have to find someone else with money at fault so that they can pay for all their medical bills.


And Mercedes has better lawyers, so of course go for the easier money...
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Kira0309 wrote:

The only reason they are suing snapchat is because the kids that crashed into them have no money. They have to find someone else with money at fault so that they can pay for all their medical bills.


Yeah by that logic he should be suing the car manufacture making the car that hit him as well. Maybe the construction company that made the road the car was driving to good allowing the car to go that fast as well.
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by the by:



A warning when users first open the speed filter feature urges them not to use it while driving.


source: http://patch.com/georgia/dacula/lawsuit-100-mph-crash-was-snapchats-fault-0



“We actively discourage our community from using the speed filter while driving, including by displaying a ‘Do NOT Snap and Drive’ warning message in the app itself," the company said.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/passengers-begged-driver-snapchat-slow-crash-article-1.2619539

apparently the passengers begged her to slow down, but she didn't. even snapchat actively warned her NOT to use it while driving.
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Who ever sends a SnapChat of them going over the speed limit needs to get a ticket mailed to them for $1,000 for first offense to punish stupidity.
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From the article:


Snapchat has a filter that allows users to record their speed of travel, ...



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A warning when users first open the speed filter feature urges them not to use it while driving.


source: http://patch.com/georgia/dacula/lawsuit-100-mph-crash-was-snapchats-fault-0

Snapchat can say, "we already warned users not to use while driving" and the case will be closed - if it wasn't already thrown as it should be.


If you warn users not to use a product for what it was intended, then your warning is meaningless. This filter is designed to record how fast a traveler was traveling. You can't sell someone french fries, and then warn someone not to eat them because they can cause you to gain weight.

You can't warn someone not to pop fireworks because they might pop your fingers off... You can't warn someone not to use a speed filter while driving.

You can warn someone: "Caution! Eating too many fries will make you fat!" "Caution! Don't hold firecrackers while waiting for the fuse to burn down!" "Caution! Have a friend use the speed filter while you drive!" However, even then it's still risky. People will want to see how fast they went. The very nature of this "speed filter" makes people with less than good judgement want to "see how fast they can go...." Just like the girl did.

From the article:


Snapchat has a filter that allows users to record their speed of travel, and she wanted to see how fast she could go.


I say he has a good case, because someone (snapshot) made a product that, by its very nature, can be abused by people with poor judgement skills (almost everyone under 24 years old) and who drives a car.
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