Teen Driver Cited for Traffic Violations, Allegedly Caused Car Accident after Using Snapchat Speed Filter
A distracted driving accident in Georgia has gotten national attention because the teenage driver who allegedly caused the car crash was reportedly using Snapchat at the time. Now the teen suspect who was behind the wheel has been charged with multiple traffic offenses and sued by the family of the person injured in the rear-end collision.
The serious car accident occurred in September 2015. According to authorities, the 19-year-old driver was speeding in a Mercedes-Benz while she used her cell phone. Investigators believe that the suspect was attempting to access the Snapchat speed filter on her phone when she took her eyes off the roadway, lost control of her motor vehicle, and slammed into another car.
The driver of the car that was struck sustained significant personal injuries and ended up spending multiple weeks in coma. The victim’s family has said that she suffered head trauma resulting in permanent brain damage.
Law enforcement became aware of the suspect’s dangerous actions, which may have caused the rear-end collision, because she reportedly posted a photograph of her own accident-related injuries on Snapchat. The photos show the suspect smiling as she emphasizes the injuries she suffered in the car accident.
During an investigation into the crash, local Georgia police spoke with two of the passengers in the suspect’s car at the time of the motor vehicle collision. The passengers reportedly said that the driver was using Snapchat’s speed filter just before the car accident.
The suspect later turned herself in to local law enforcement at the headquarters for the Clayton County Sheriff’s Department. She has been cited for numerous moving violations, including reckless driving and speeding. She also faces criminal charges for serious injury by vehicle, which is classified as a felony in Georgia.
Additionally, the family of the victim has reportedly filed a personal injury lawsuit that names both the suspect and Snapchat as defendants.
The Snapchat Speed Filter and Distracted Driving Accidents
The Snapchat speed filter allows users to take a photograph while driving and then record the speed of motion in the images on screen.
This case could have ramifications on traffic laws across the country, including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York. That’s because many lawmakers worry that the speed filter application on Snapchat, which is particularly popular among younger drivers, could lead to more and more distracted driving accidents, and serious injuries, in the future.
For additional information about this case, view the following article: Teen Driver Facing Charges for Alleged Snapchat Use Surrenders to Police