Taking pictures while you drive is something that most people know not to do. With cool apps like Snapchat, taking pictures at all times is very tempting. Recently, a Snapchat filter was the center of court case.
A driver was using the speed filter on Snapchat while driving. The driver was driving too fast and ended up getting into an accident. Ultimately, Snapchat was able to avoid liability in this case due to a law passed 20 years ago. The plaintiffs in the case are weighing their option to appeal the decision.
The impact of this single case might be far reaching because it sets a precedent for apps and other service providers who offer programs that might distract drivers. This precedent along with the Communications Decency Act could relieve these companies from any liability that might have occurred in their absence.
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One important note here is that Snapchat does warn users not to snap and drive, but apps like the speed filter might prove to tempting for users who want to get the high-speed look on the snaps. This likely played a big part in the case, but users who opt to ignore this type of warning might still be held liable for the accidents they cause.
If you are injured in an accident, you have to think about each party that might be liable for the damages you suffered. Including all available parties in the lawsuit you file can help to ensure that you end up holding the responsible parties accountable for the accident. Knowing your options and doing a complete investigation into the circumstances can help you to find the information you need to launch your case.
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Source: FindLaw, “Snapchat Avoids Liability for Injury Caused by Driver Distracted by Speed Filter,” George Khoury, Esq., Feb. 06, 2017
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