Snapchat is being sued by a woman and her husband after he was severely injured in a car accident last fall that was caused by a teen who was using the app's "speed" filter.
The lawsuit is being brought by Maynard Wentworth, a former Uber driver, and his wife, after Wentworth suffered a traumatic brain injury after 18-year-old Christal McGee slammed her father's Mercedes into his car when she was traveling at over 100 miles per hour in an effort to record herself going fast on the Snapchat "speed" filter.
McGee was reportedly returning from bringing friends home from work, and opened the app to record how fast she was going. She allegedly reached a max speed of 113 miles per hour on a suburban road outside Atlanta where the posted speed limit is 55. She crashed into Wentworth at 107 miles per hour as she was about to post the snap.
Wentworth suffered "permanent brain damage" which left him unable to work and caused him to lose 50 pounds since the wreck. McGee hit her head on the windshield, and later Snapchatted a photo of herself on a backboard and in a neck brace, with a caption "Lucky to be alive."
The Wentworth's lawsuit alleges that the app is equally responsible for the cause of the crash because the company did not delete that filter from the app, despite it being cited in similar accidents before this particular crash.
A Snapchat spokesperson said the company could not comment on current lawsuits, though they did note that the app does have a warning in it telling users not to use it and drive at the same time.
Some have taken to social media to discuss the lawsuit, and have wondered if the app is as much to blame as McGee is.
I like social media as much as the next person but doing it while driving is downright dangerous https://t.co/uFIkvtzh46
— Eric Schwartz (@naturalguy) April 28, 2016
People need to take notice of this. Don't be on your phone when driving FULL STOP!! https://t.co/495HWExF6a — Charlene Sparkles (@yourelate4tea) April 28, 2016
The end times are near my friends: https://t.co/8ZlngJcaWK
— Nicholas Perez (@nipez) April 28, 2016
Should @snapchat remove the speed filter? Did they contribute to this? Will be interesting to see how this unfolds. https://t.co/6tIiKR0Qmq — TCS (@SgtTCS) April 28, 2016