A car crash victim in Georgia is suing Snapchat for his crash — claiming the messaging app “motivated” the careless driver who hit his car last year, leaving him with permanent brain damage. NY Daily News reports.
The suit, from former Uber driver Wentworth Maynard, says Snapchat was “the critical cause” of the crash, thanks to a filter urging users to show the speed of their cars.
Maynard and his wife were merging onto a highway near Atlanta Sept. 10 when they were struck by Christal McGee, according to court docs.
McGee, who had three passengers, was barreling down the road at more than 100 miles per hour while taking selfies with Snapchat’s speed filter. The app awards a “trophy” to users who post pics showing off their speed.
The filter “facilitated McGee’s excessive speeding” and “distracted” her in the moments before the crash, the suit says.
McGee apparently kept snapping even after impact. Court docs include several photos she took that night, including one showing her bloodied face under the caption, “we overturned the car.”
An earlier photo shows her speed gauge, with a caption boasting, “180 MPH LMAO.”
McGee was going about 107 miles-per-hour when she hit Maynard’s Mitsubishi Outlander, the suit says.
The crash left Maynard with brain damage, and the suit says he has been unable to work since the accident.
It’s unclear if McGee or her passengers suffered serious injuries.
The lawsuit, which also names McGee as a defendant, demands unspecified damages from Snapchat, a five-year-old company valued at $16 billion.
“We’ll see to it that Christal McGee is held responsible, but we also want to see Snapchat held responsible,” T. Shane Peagler, one of Maynard’s attorneys, said in a statement.
“This is a product liability case because Snapchat put something very dangerous in the marketplace without any warnings or safeguards, and basically said, whatever happens, happens.”
Snapchat recently added a warning to its speed filter, telling users: “Please, DO NOT Snap and drive.”
The company declined to comment on the ongoing litigation.
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