Friday 24 May 2019

Snapchat sued over social media selfie smash


Daniel Anderson

Snapchat is being sued in the US after a user of the service caused a crash while trying to take a high speed selfie

Snapchat has a whole host of filters, with more being added all the time, and there's one which lists your current speed right there across your image.

It's perfect for when you're travelling somewhere on the train or public transport, but less of a good idea when driving. Unfortunately, a series of incidents are proving that users have a disregard for their safety and that of other users on the road.

The latest case involves 18 year old Christal McGee who was out driving with three passengers on the 10th of September 2015. She really wanted to get her speed up over 100 miles per hour to snap the perfect selfie for use on Snapchat but with her eyes on her phone she didn't notice another car pulling out until it was too late.

McGee was caught doing 107 mph in a 55 mph zone after she smashed headlong into a car being driven by Wentworth Maynard with his wife in the passenger seat. It is alleged that Maynard spent the next five weeks in hospital and received permanent brain damage and can no longer work, needing help just to get around.

As for Christal McGree, she took to Snapchat right after the accident with this image.

Now, a lawsuit is being put together against McGee and also the social plaform Snapchat. The filing is worded like so: "The lawsuit seeks to hold each party responsible for the medical bills and lifelong care Wentworth Maynard now requires." The language is about making a case for culpability in these kinds of examples and starting a conversation about how filters like these actively encourage reckless behaviour.

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