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Snapchat speed filter blamed for crash

A Georgia man claims the car accident that left him with permanent brain damage was caused by a teen too busy taking selfies to pay attention to the road, NBC News reports. Now he’s suing the teen, Christal McGee, and Snapchat. The lawsuit filed this month claims McGee was using Snapchat’s speed filter at the time of the crash last September.

As the New York Daily News explains, the filter adds a user’s speed to their photo, and Snapchat awards them with a “trophy” for posting how fast they were going.

Lawyers for Wentworth Maynard say McGee, 18, admitted to trying to get her Mercedes Benz up to 100 mph in order to post a photo using the speed filter, CNN reports. When she crashed into Maynard’s car, she was going about 107 mph — nearly double the speed limit.

Maynard spent five weeks in the hospital following the crash, according to the lawsuit. He lost 50 pounds, requires a wheelchair or walker to get around, can’t work and can’t take care of himself. And his lawyers say McGee wasn’t done with Snapchat even after the crash. They claim she took a selfie with blood dripping down her face and the caption “lucky to be alive” immediately after the accident. Maynard is seeking unspecified damages to cover his medical bills.

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