If you can get your Snapchat speed filter up to 100 mph, you can get an in-app trophy. This reward of sorts may not seem like much, but people are putting their lives on the line to get it. Reports of people crashing while trying to get that infamous trophy have come in from all over the world, and some have even died trying to do it. One case here in Georgia was poised to make Snapchat answer for creating an app with such destructive power, but a new development may have scuttled that effort.
Should Snapchat Be Held Responsible?
Months ago, we told you the story of an Uber driver whose car was struck at 107 mph. The Uber driver and his wife managed to survive this crash, but the man sustained severe injuries. He may now need medical care for the rest of his life.
The Uber driver’s wife filed a civil lawsuit against Snapchat and the teenager who plowed into her husband’s SUV at over 100 miles per hour. She claimed that the app company was responsible for the injuries to her husband, and that it should help pay for his medical costs. However, a Georgia judge has disagreed with that claim.
State Court Judge Josh Thacker sited the Communications Decency Act when he dismissed Snapchat from this lawsuit. According to the company, this decision protects cellphone manufacturers, billboard advertisers, and makeup brands from being sued for merely causing a distraction. Do you agree?
The lawsuit filed by the Uber driver’s wife can still proceed against the teenager accused of causing the crash. However, Snapchat will no longer have to worry about facing the victim in this case. Do you think this is the last we’ll hear of Snapchat speed filter lawsuits? Tell our Macon distracted driving lawyers what you think on Twitter and Facebook.