We all know about Snapchats filters. Some give your pics that Insta / Vintage look, some turn you into puppies, and others display the temp outside. But its Snapchat's speed filter that has seriously got it into a lot of trouble.
On September 10th 2015, 18-year-old Christal McGee was taking selfies and driving her car, all whilst carrying multiple passengers. She was using Snapchat’s speed filter to track how fast she was going. She clocked in speeds around 107 mph before she lost control and crashed into Wentworth Maynard.
Christal even snapchatted after the accident, “Lucky to be alive”
Unfortunately Wentworth wasn’t as lucky as Christal as he now suffers from brain damage and chronic pain. Wentworth and his family are suing Christal and Snapchat for the medical bills and long term care he now needs for the rest of his life.
Wentworth’s lawyers are arguing that Snapchat’s speed feature encourages recklessness,
“This case is unique in that we have clear evidence linking use of the Snapchat miles per hour filter in the moments leading up to the crash with the kind of grievous harm we know this product is capable of.”
This isn’t even the first time Snapchat has been linked with fatal car accidents. There was a crash in Philadelphia in which three women died and another in Kansas City that left one man dead.
A spokesperson from Snapchat did speak to Buzzfeed and said, “We actively discourage our community from using the speed filter while driving, including by displaying a ‘Do NOT Snap and Drive’ warning message in the app itself.”