Teen Took Snapchat Pic While Driving Car At 107 MPH [Pic+]

Submitted by: fancylad 1 year ago in News & Politics

Prepare to be outraged. An Atlanta-area 18-year-old driver took Snapchat photos while driving her father's Mercedes 113 miles per hour in September 2015. The teen told her friend in the car that she was trying to reach 100 MPH so she could Snapchat the speed.

Basically, all phones have built in accelerometers (something that detects motion in your phone, this has legitimate uses like determining how long it will take you to reach a destination based on your current movements). But Snapchat has a filter where you can take videos or pics and it displays how fast you are going on the screen.

Suffice to say, she crashed the car and hit an Uber driver at more than 100 miles per hour. The injured man is suing the driver and Snapchat.

The man she crashed into, an Uber driver, is now suing Snapchat (and probably the teen girl's family) for damages. Does Snapchat have any responsibility here?

And to pile up more stupid, she took a photo of herself in traction with a caption that read, "Lucky to be alive." Why couldn't have Darwin taken this one?

There are 20 comments:
Male 203
you think the "slow down, i'm pregrant" would be enough to make her think . . wreckless behavior and no sense of thought of safety for your passenger(s)
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Male 8,685
i think tht the fact that, while still strapped to the gurney and wearing a cervical collar, her biggest worry was snapping a selfie pretty much demonstrates that she is about as dumb as a not-to-bright rock.
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Male 584
snapchat will probably have to pay up but they should sue her for improperly using the app and lowering their market share. lost revenue and all that. you could sue a grill cheese sandwich for being baked and not grilled these days. the litigated states of America
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Male 201
Could have been worse. She could have snapchatted "YOLO"
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Male 1,458
def sue the pooh out of her and her family!
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Male 40,207
She's 18, can't sue the family. Just the insurance company and her, but at 18 she probably doesn't own anything yet to sue for.
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Male 1,055
Does anyone know what kind of criminal charges the girl could/did face? I couldn't find much on it.
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Male 3,667
There are other apps that use the speedometer function of one's phone, like, for instance, the GPS. It isn't hard to open up one of these other apps and take a screenshot of one's speed. Snapchat, and other apps, should not be held liable for the actions of stupid users
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Male 2,669
Oh, I agree completely that the driver is an idiot, and solely responsible for the wreck. But I do think Snapchat is going to wind up shelling out. I'm not saying it's right -- just that it's probably going to happen.
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Male 6,096
No. There should be no case here. For all Snapchat knows, the phone was being used by a passenger in the car, or on a high speed train, or in an aircraft. In short, the driver's stupidity is not Snapchat's responsibility.
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Male 3,608
I heard someone talking about this and decided to test out the speed feature by running across the parking lot taking pictures...only to trip over a parking block...they should get a class action going here. The girl in this story is a fucking idiot, she sounds like another candidate for affluenza defense.
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Male 2,669
A good lawyer could make the case that Snapchat is indeed liable for inciting reckless behavior based on the imprinted speed information in the image. What other purpose does that image serve, save for establishing 'bragging rights?' If I were Snapchat, I'd settle -- and remove that function immediately.
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Male 2,389
Only one problem though. At speed the accelerometer is useless. Once you reach speed the phone doesn't know if it's going 1mph or 100mph. GPS on the other hand is a different question.
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Male 2,703
How do you live as long as you have and be that stupid?
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Male 7,839
Because the intelligent among us create things like airbags and seatbelt and safety labels to make sure the idiots among us don't kill themselves so easily.
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Male 1,777
If they can successfully sue Snapchat, they should also be able to sue the manufacturer of the car for installing a spedometer.
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Male 8,685
And any half-assed lawyer for Snapchat will point out that the app plainly states 'do not operate while driving', and that the display was meant for passengers of many types of vehicles. Using your "logic" he can also sue Uber for putting him on that road at that time. Bottom line: she's a fuckng idiot. That is the only thing that caused the wreck.
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Male 7,839
In that case, the phone itself can determine how fast one is going and therefore the phone manufacturer is at fault for allowing the phone to be used at that speed. Anyway somebody wants to word it, nobody is at fault but the person driving.
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Male 8,056
Girl made her decision. Snapchat didn't do anything wrong here.
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2,885
might as well sue the car maker for making cars that go that fast. she should also sue the government that provides roads for cars to go that fast.
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