Illinois motorists need to be aware of the danger of using a Snapchat filter while driving. The filter, which shows people how fast their smartphones are moving while they are traveling, has resulted in some serious accidents when young people have used it while they are driving.
In one case that is ongoing, a woman in Georgia was using the filter while driving in an attempt to win a game on Snapchat. She reportedly was trying to get her vehicle above 100 mph. When she reached 107 mph, she crashed into a Mitsubishi. The man in the Mitsubishi received permanent brain injuries and was left using either a wheelchair or a walker for mobility. The man and his wife have filed a lawsuit against the woman and Snapchat.
A crash in Pennsylvania blamed on the device left three women dead. In another case in Washington, a young man had a rollover crash while also using Snapchat. A woman in Brazil had a rollover crash while using the filter and even posted selfies while she was bloodied following her accident. The woman in the Georgia case took a Snapchat photo of herself as well when she was bloody and in the ambulance.
People of all ages need to be aware of the dangers of taking their eyes and attention away from the road while they are driving. When a person is injured because of the actions of a distracted driver, an attorney can often be of assistance in filing a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault motorist. Damages sought could include lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering and other applicable amounts.