Snapchat Filter Leads to Fatal Accident

Has Snapchat made a mistake in the different filters that they offer? A Georgia couple believes they have and is suing Snapchat as a result of the speed filter potentially being the cause of a terrible car crash. 

Written by Jenna Sliwinski

SCALDING COUNTY, GEORGIA – On September 10, 2015 at 11:15 p.m. Wentworth Maynard was starting a shift as an Uber driver. 18-year-old Crystal McGee was driving down the same road as Maynard. But McGee was doing a little more than driving.

That night McGee was driving with three friends. While driving McGee was using the Snapchat filter that tracks the speed an individual is going. McGee wanted to capture the Snapchat filter image when her vehicle reached 100 mph.

McGee was going 107 mph in a 55 mph zone when her vehicle struck that of Wentworth Maynard.

Due to his injuries from the accident, Maynard spent five weeks in intensive care, suffering from extensive brain damage and needs a wheelchair or a walker to get anywhere. Maynard and his wife are filing a lawsuit against McGee and also Snapchat.

Maynard’s lawyers released a statement saying, “The issue really is about distracted teenage drivers. It’s about Snapchat encouraging teenagers to drive at fast speed for social status”(NBC)

Snapchat, however, has come back with some comments on the lawsuit. Snapchat seems to think that they have done their part in warning consumers about taking a snap while driving.

A Snapchat spokesperson shared with NBC News,“No Snap is more important than someone’s safety. 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.”(NBC)

It is not apparent whether McGee and those in her vehicle received major injuries due to the car crash, as well as whether or not McGee has taken on personal representation for this case.

McGee did not seem to be upset with Snapchat after the accident. She posted a picture on her Snapchat account shortly after the accident with the words, “Lucky to be alive.”


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