Accident Resulting in Severe Brain Injuries Blamed on Snapchat
The developers of the social media app Snapchat are being sued for one man’s injuries in a serious car accident. The victim, Wentworth Maynard, claims that the app’s unreasonably dangerous speed filter drew the at-fault driver’s attention away from the road, resulting in the crash.
Christal McGee, then 18, was out driving her Mercedes with three friends on the night of September 10, 2015. Maynard’s lawsuit claims that McGee was using Snapchat’s speed filter to take photos while driving; the filter measures the user’s speed at the time the photo is taken, and Maynard asserts McGee was trying to get it as high as it would go. At around 11:15 pm, as Maynard attempted to enter the highway on which McGee was driving, McGee slammed into the driver’s side of Maynard’s vehicle, sending the car spinning into the center embankment. According to a reconstruction of the accident performed by Maynard’s expert, McGee was traveling at 107 mph at the time of the crash. McGee did not receive a citation on the night of the accident, but after a selfie that McGee took using Snapchat while still strapped to a gurney captioned “Lucky to be alive” was released to the media, local police opened an investigation into the accident.
If you or someone you love has been hurt by a distracted driver in Alabama, seek help from an experienced car accident attorney to ensure you’re fully compensated for your injuries by contacting the Montgomery personal injury attorneys at McPhillips Shinbaum for a consultation, at 334-262-1911.