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The Snapchat Speed Filter Might Still Be Causing Crashes: Can This Renegade App Be Stopped?

On Behalf of | Dec 14, 2016 | Car Wreck Injury |

In Florida, a family returning home from a church gathering were turning into their apartment complex when a car crossed the median and struck their minivan. Only two of the five people in the minivan survived. Both the driver and the passenger in the other car succumbed to their injuries. At first people on the scene thought that they had just witnessed a street race gone wrong. However, when the authorities took a closer look, a far more disturbing answer appeared.

The Snapchat Speed Filter Has Claimed More Victims

At 9:38 pm on October 26th, a Snapchat video appeared on social media. It showed a 22-year-old man and his 19-year-old passenger driving through the streets of Tampa. They had used the speed filter in the Snapchat app, and their speed during the video was 115 mph. At 9:47 pm, the car carrying those Snapchatters crashed into a minivan.

The community was shocked by the discovery. People had thought that reckless street racing had played a part in the loss of a mother and her two children. However, they were now learning that distracted driving may have played a role in this loss. Worse yet, this wasn’t the first time an accident like this had happened.

Months ago, we told you about a young woman who caused a wreck while using the Snapchat speed filter. This crash happened right here and Georgia, and though no one was killed, this young woman is in jail and facing a lawsuit. The driver of the other car suffered a traumatic brain injury in the wreck. He may need around the clock care for the rest of his life.

What Does Snapchat Have to Say?

The executives at Snapchat claim that the company isn’t responsible for how its users use their app’s features. They have even gone so far as to put a warning into the app asking users not to snapchat and drive. However, safety advocates are calling for more.

Safety advocates say that the app feature entices young people to speed to impress their friends. Because of this temptation, advocates want the speed filter deleted from the Snapchat app. Do you think that would be the right decision? Tell your Macon personal injury attorneys what you think by posting on our Twitter and Facebook pages.