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Snapchat ‘Speed’ Filter Causes Car Crash: Brain Damaged Victim Sues App User


An 18-year-old female driver hit another car in Georgia while playing with the Snapchat “speed” filter and was thereby sued for it. The man in the car she hit was left with a brain damage after the mishap.

The man has been diagnosed with a permanent brain damage and the lawyers representing his case are attempting to sue the driver, Christal McGee, as well as Snapchat. The lawyer is dragging Snapchat in the case following the girl’s engagement with the speed tracker app of the social media that caused the mishap, leaving his client severely injured.

Lawyer Michael L. Neff released a statement in which he confirmed he has incriminated both the driver of the car as well as the social media outlet for the mishap in the lawsuit. “This is a product liability case because Snapchat put something very dangerous in the marketplace without any warnings or safeguards, and basically said, whatever happens, happens,” Neff said as quoted by Buzzfeed.

Neff claimed that McGee was trying to make her car move 100 miles an hour and wanted to post her picture moving fast on the road on Snapchat. According to NBC News, Neff argued McGee got distracted with her desire to post a fast-moving picture online. She apparently “pushed the speed of her Mercedes to above 80 miles per hour. McGee then pushed the speed of her Mercedes to above 90 miles per hour. And McGee continued to push the speed of her Mercedes to above 100 miles per hour,” according to the lawsuit.

Spalding County’s McGee was driving a Mercedes Benz on September 10, 2015, at around 11:15 p.m. She was using Snapchat’s app to track the speed with which users were moving while she drove her own car. The lawsuit referenced it to be the reason that led to the car crash on the road. Wentworth Maynard suffered permanent brain damage after the accident following which his lawyers filed a lawsuit against the girl driver earlier in April.


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