A Snapchat filter that displays the speed at which one is traveling is being partly blamed for a high speed crash that occurred in Georgia last September. 18-year-old Christal McGee was attempting to take a Snapchat while driving 100 mph when she slammed into a car merging onto the highway. The driver of that car, Wentworth Maynard, spent several weeks in a hospital after suffering traumatic brain injuries.
The filter is called Speed and superimposes the user’s current speed across the snap. Maynard’s attorneys allege that the filter motivated McGee to drive recklessly. The attorneys allege McGee was driving 107 mph when she collided with Maynard. The speed limit of the four-lane highway they were traveling was 55 mph. Even before this crash, Snapchat was made aware of the dangers this particular filter could cause.
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