StolzenbergCortelli, LLP
Free Consultations  cta
Toll Free Number: 800-494-0889
Se Habla Español
View Our Practice Areas

The Snapchat speed filter and vehicle accidents

Drivers in New York should be aware of the dangers of using the Snapchat speed filter while behind the wheel. According to safety advocates, the app is distracting and also encourages dangerous driving behaviors.

One real-life example of how the use of the Snapchat speed filter can be dangerous while driving involves a 10-second video in which a driver accelerated to 82.6 miles per hour and then to 115.6 miles per hour. Nine minutes after the video was posted to Snapchat, the 22-year-old driver and his 19-year old passenger crossed a highway median in Florida, colliding almost head-on into another vehicle. The driver and his passenger were killed as well as three people in the other vehicle. In addition, three more people in the other vehicle were injured.

In another vehicle accident that some have connected to the use of the Snapchat speed filter, an 18-year-old woman in Georgia was allegedly using the app while accelerating up to 113 miles an hour before crashing to another vehicle. The driver of the other vehicle sustained traumatic brain injuries. According to usage logs from Snapchat, there was no record of the 18-year-old driver using the app during or near the time the collision took place. A legal motion has been filed to dismiss a lawsuit brought on by the victim. Snapchat has released a statement asserting that it actively discourages the use of its speed filter while driving. There is a cautionary message that is displayed the first time the app is used and when a user accelerates over 15 miles per hour.

Even when they are not speeding, drivers who are using cellphone apps while behind the wheel can become distracted and subsequently cause motor vehicle collisions. People who have been injured in such an accident may want to meet with an attorney to see if filing a lawsuit against the negligent motorist would be an advisable way of seeking compensation for the losses that they have sustained.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • $2.05 Million Settlement Mother of Two Struck and Killed by Motorist

    StolzenbergCortelli LLP recently resolved a heart breaking wrongful death action. The mother of two was struck and killed, while she crossed a roadway.

  • $1.1 Million Settlement StolzenbergCortelli LLP Settles Trip Over Nail Case

    Terrence and Howard settled a trip and fall case for $1,100,000. In this case, our client (a resident of Brooklyn) was a cleaning lady who was hired to clean the newsroom of the Wall Street Journal.

  • $750,000 Verdict Jane and John Doe v. Defendant Driver

    The names are redacted for privacy reasons. In this automobile accident case, the female plaintiff was injured and suffered seriously debilitating injuries.

  • $525,000 Settlement Injured When the Trailer upon which He was Standing Collapsed

    Our client was a teamster, working at a concrete plant in Westchester, when he was seriously injured. At the time, he was standing on a trailer, which is colloquially known as a "low boy", when the wooden slats upon which he was standing, collapsed.

  • $457,500 Settlement Car Accident Victim With Pre-Existing Neck Injury

    Settled a client's case for $457,500. The client suffered a significant cervical spine injury requiring a fusion surgery.He was t-boned by a car exiting Purdy's farmer and the Fish in Somers, New York.

  • $450,000 Settlement StolzenbergCortelli LLP Settles Construction Accident Case

    Howard Stolzenberg settled a case for $450,000 where a construction worker was forced to use an exterior fire escape ladder to access the top of the building all while carrying a one gallon bucket of paint. The worker fell and fractured his ankle.

  • $100,000 Settlement Teenager Hit From Behind

    We just settled a case for a young girl who was injured when she was struck from behind while waiting at a red light at an intersection near the entrance to the Saw Mill in Yonkers. She had hip and shoulder surgery.

Email Us For A Response

Discover The StolzenbergCortelli, LLP Advantage

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

StolzenbergCortelli, LLP
Phone: 800-494-0889 Fax: 914-361-4478

3 Convenient Office Locations

White Plains Office
305 Old Tarrytown Rd.
White Plains, NY 10603

Toll Free: 800-494-0889
Fax: 914-361-4478
White Plains Office Location

ROCKLAND
99 Main Street
Nyack, NY 10960

Toll Free: 800-494-0889
Fax: 914-361-4478
Map & Directions

NEW YORK CITY
26 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11242

Toll Free: 800-494-0889
Fax: 914-361-4478
Map & Directions

  • White Plains Bar
  • Rockland County Bar
  • NYSTLA