Are Snapchat Face Filters and Other Features Causing Accidents?

Over the last several years, millions of Snapchat users have pulled out their phones to access Snapchat while driving or riding in a car. One of the most popular features on Snapchat is the filters. Almost all teenagers and colleges students on Snapchat have used the face filters to make funny or weird faces. Whether they are trying to improve their smile or make themselves look like they are wearing makeup, users are in love with these filters. Sadly, while driving a vehicle, Snapchat users tend to try to make these faces. This can be extremely dangerous as it takes...

Georgia Judge Dismisses Suit Against Snapchat for Causing Crash

On January 20th, 2017, Spaulding County judge, Josh Thacker, dismissed a lawsuit alleging that Snapchat was responsible for a vehicle accident that left a driver injured. Naveen Ramachandrappa, the lawyer of Wentworth Maynard who was injured in the crash, informed NBC News that he is not in agreeance with this order and is considering an appeal. He does not believe that the Communications Decency Act provides Snapchat with complete immunity for its negligent actions. The accident took place on September 10th, 2015 when 19-year-old Christal McGee was playing with a Snapchat filter that was designed to track how fast she...

Snapchat Speed Filter at 115 mph Causes Crash

Snapchat is an app meant for sending silly pictures that disappear within a certain timeframe. But one of the app’s photo filters might be the reason behind a deadly car crash that was caught on the app. Users can take pictures and video before sliding through a selection of filters, including one that shows a speedometer. A video showed driver Pablo Cortes III and passenger Jolie Bartolome traveling at more than 115 miles per hour. Minutes after the clip was posted, Cortes drove his Volkswagen Golf across a median and crashed his vehicle head-on into a minivan, causing it to...

Texas A&M Student Crashes Into Patrol Car After Taking Topless Snapchat Pic

On Wednesday, October 26th, 19-year-old Miranda Kay Rader, a student at Texas A&M University was attempting to send her boyfriend a topless photo of herself via Snapchat. As she was trying to send the photo, she smashed into the back of a Bryan Police Department patrol car. According to a report from the Bryan Police Department, Rader was arrested of a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated. The report stated that police officer, John Sartell was disturbed when he heard a car slam hard on the brakes and crash. He turned around to find Radar’s SUV collided into the back...

Snapchatting While Driving and the Consequences

Snapchat can cause distractions whether you’re just in bed, at home, and especially if you’re behind the wheel of a vehicle. I know that when you turn 16 and get your license, you want to do anything and everything you can to let everyone know you’ve gotten it. And it is the same concept when you get a car. Honestly, in the past it has served as a distraction for me. But, after one of my friends was involved in an almost deadly accident, that caused them to be in the hospital for 14 months, and in a coma for...

Snapchat Spectacles Could Cause Car Accidents

On Saturday, September 24th, 2016 Snapchat released Snapchat Spectacles which are a fashionable way for you to capture all your stories without having to use your iPhone or Android smartphone. These smart sunglasses are much different from Google Glass in that they only cost $139 and they look like the glasses you would see on college students across campuses throughout the United States. It will be interesting to see if these glasses are the hot Christmas gift for 2016. While many think the Snapchat Spectacles are a great way to broadcast your life, they will likely also be a device...

Snapchat Speed Filter Blamed for 107 MPH Accident

Snapchat, a popular image messaging application offers a filter that allows users to share how fast they are traveling while they take selfies. Recently, a victim of a car crash blamed Snapchat’s speed filter for the traumatic brain injuries he endured as a result of the accident. Plantiff Wentworth Maynard merged on a four lane highway right outside of Atlanta when his vehicle was hit so intensely that it flew across the left lane into the left lane embankment. The driver of the car that struck Maynard, Christal McGee was playing with her phone, attempting to use the Snapchat speed...

Does the Snapchat Speed (MPH) Filter Encourage Reckless Driving?

Recently, a teen from Georgia was cited for a collision that may have been triggered by Snapchat, a phone application that allows users to share photos and videos with their social network. Snapchat images can only be viewed for a few seconds before they disappear. The speed filter is a Snapchat feature that prompts speeding and distraction. When a user applies the filter, it records the speed that the user is driving while snapping a photo. According to police, Christal McGee, the Georgia teen who was using the filter, was driving at 107 mph when she crashed into Maynard Wentworth...

Is Snapchat Causing Distracted Driving?

Created by Stanford University students Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy, and Reggie Brown, Snapchat is a popular app that gives users the opportunity to send others photos and videos that disappear after a few moments. Since its inception in 2011, Snapchat has become a popular aspect of the smartphone routine of millions of people. Snapchat is loaded with crazy filters that give users the chance to alter their photos and videos. Filters such as face swap, black and white, vintage, and slo-mo all add some excitement to multimedia. However, the most ridiculous filter ever created is the speedometer filter, which allows...

Who is at Fault for Snapchatting While Driving?

Seven Georgia attorneys recently represented a case where the plaintiff’s family wanted to sue Snapchat. Snapchat added a speed filter feature that makes it possible for drivers to snap photos of themselves while driving at fast speeds. While full-time Uber driver Wentworth Maynard and his wife, Karen Maynard, were pulling out of their apartment complex in 2015, they collided with 18-year old Christal McGee. McGee intentionally increased her driving speed in order for the Snapchat speed filter to reach above 100 mph. As a result of this accident, Maynard suffered from severe brain injuries that continue to affect him to...