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Snapchat Blamed for Serious Crash

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An accident that left one man with permanent brain damage is being attributed by the victim to the at-fault driver’s use of the speed filter on the photography app Snapchat. The victim is now suing both the driver and the makers of the app for the expenses he has incurred related to that injury.

The accident spurring the lawsuit occurred on September 10, 2015. The victim, Wentworth Maynard, was out driving his Mitsubishi Outlander for Uber on the night of the accident, his wife with him in the passenger seat. Christal McGee, then 18, was driving a Mercedes-Benz with three girlfriends. According to Maynard, McGee was preoccupied with her phone, rather than the road. He claims that she was attempting to get Snapchat’s speed filter, which marks pictures with the speed at which the user was traveling at the time the photo was taken, as high as it could go. At around 11:15 pm, Maynard attempted to merge onto the highway on which McGee was driving, resulting in McGee slamming into the driver’s side of Maynard’s Mitsubishi. Maynard’s lawsuit alleges that, according to an accident reconstruction expert, McGee was traveling at 107 mph at the time of the accident.

Both McGee and Maynard were injured in the crash. After being transported from the scene of the crash, Maynard “began a five-week stay in the intensive-care unit, where he was treated for a severe traumatic brain injury,” according to his attorney. Maynard has been unable to return to work since the accident, and is unable to get around his house without the help of a wheelchair or walker.

While she was strapped onto the gurney, still bloody after the crash, McGee used her snapchat app to take and share a photo of herself with the caption, “Lucky to be alive.” While neither driver received a citation for violating traffic rules at the time of the accident, when the photo described above was released to the media, local police began an investigation into the circumstances of the crash.

Maynard claims that Snapchat is partially responsible for his injuries by creating and profiting from a dangerous product. He claims that Snapchat had notice that the speed filter had a history of causing injuries in users, but that they nevertheless allowed the speed filter to remain a part of the app, which makes them financially responsible for resulting injuries. Snapchat has stated that it warns users of the dangers of snapping and driving, but states that it is not responsible for the crash, and refuses to disable the speed filter.

If you’ve been hurt in an accident with a distracted driver in Kentucky, seek experienced legal assistance to ensure you receive full compensation for your medical expenses and lost work by contacting Georgetown personal injury attorney Jeremy Mattox for a free consultation, at 502-867-6766.

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