Snapchat – the popular social media platform known for its near-instant deletion of messages – has added a new feature that has already resulted in serious injury. The speed filter feature allows Snapchat users to clock their vehicles speed at the time a photo is snapped. This feature is at the forefront of a new lawsuit in which a man sustained permanent brain injured when hit by a teen driving at 107 MPH. The reason behind her speed? To take a selfie for Snapchat showing just how fast she could drive.
Snapchat has included a warning on its software, politely asking drivers to “Please” not “Snap and Drive.” However, the mere existence of a feature intended to capture a vehicle’s speed seems to belie any request to not use it while driving. Consequently, Snapchat is listed as a defendant alongside the teen driver in this most recent lawsuit.
Social media platforms continue to create new forms of distraction, yet often try to skirt responsibility by placing ineffective and almost cynical warnings about when to use their new features. When you are injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, it is entirely possible that the company behind the distraction can be held liable for your damages. The best way to determine who is liable and how best to recover every penny you are due is through a one-on-one consultation with the Atlanta car accident attorneys at Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance. Please contact us online or call 404-760-7400 today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about your rights.