Lawyers for a Georgia man who suffered a traumatic brain injury are suing social media app Snapchat in connection with the crash, claiming the company’s so-called “speed filter” encourages reckless driving, and was a critical cause of the crash involving the victim and a teenage driver.
Attorneys representing Wentworth Maynard, an Uber driver from suburban Atlanta, are suing the Los Angeles-based image messaging application over its “miles per hour filter” which allows users to overlay the speed at which they are traveling onto their photos and videos taken in the application.
Maynard was merging into traffic on an Atlanta highway when his vehicle was struck by a car going 107 mph. The crash has reportedly left Maynard with traumatic brain injuries and unable to care for himself, according to a statement by his lawyer, Michael Lawson Neff.
The crash occurred at approximately 11:15 p.m. when Maynard’s Mitsubishi SUV was rear-ended by a Mercedes sedan driven by Christal McGee, a waitress who was had just gotten off work and was taking three of her co-workers home. The lawsuit contends that McGee was using the Snapchat filter at the time of the wreck to post a video of herself traveling in excess of 100 mph. The speed limit on that particular stretch of road is 55 mph.
The suit seeks damages from Snapchat and McGee for negligence and loss of consortium.