Texas residents might enjoy using Snapchat, but they’re required to do so safely. The social media network may be liable for its speed filter causing a severe car crash.
What happened with the accident?
A 19-year-old young woman was arrested after causing a serious car crash with a married couple. She was posted as crashing at 107 mph while using Snapchat a filter that enabled drivers to track their speeds.
The young woman denied using the filter while driving. However, her passenger disputed that, claiming she reached speeds as high as 113 mph according to Snapchat’s speed filter just prior to the crash, which left a married couple suffering injuries.
After the crash, the teen snapped a photo of herself in the ambulance on Snapchat with the caption, “Lucky to be alive.”
Snapchat may be held liable
The injured couple filed a product liability lawsuit, claiming that as a result of the social media network’s irresponsibility in offering the speed filter, it was responsible for the accident. They name the young woman as a plaintiff but stated that Snapchat should be liable due to knowing that the availability of and use of the speed filter created danger to the public.
The argument is that the manufacturer had a duty of care to provide a safe product. It continued that it was reasonable to believe that some drivers would use the speed filter on the Snapchat app while driving, creating a serious risk of car accidents. The husband suffered a serious traumatic brain injury or TBI as a result of the crash with the 19-year-old.
Snapchat removed the speed filter in June 2021. However, lawsuits may proceed against the company due to drivers using that filter and causing horrific car crashes that resulted in catastrophic injuries and deaths.
Products must be safe for public use. If you were injured in an accident due to a product liability situation, you might want to hold the manufacturer liable.