Distracted Driving: Why Personal Injury Lawyers are Targeting Snapchat

Distracted driving kills more than ten people, and causes more than 1,000 injuries on a daily basis. Teens are disproportionally affected, with more than 50% of teen crashes now thought to be caused by distracted driving. Texting has typically been the cause for distraction, but drivers using social media apps now cause more and more crashes.

Why Personal Injury Lawyers Are Going After Snapchat

Personal injury lawyers have started asking people if they’ve been involved in a car accident that may have been caused by Snapchat. Efforts have included setting up websites to explain local laws on distracted driving, press releases regarding the app’s involvement in specific accidents, and articles about the overall dangers of the app.

How does Snapchat differ from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and other social sharing apps? The answer is the app’s speed filter, which tracks how fast someone is traveling while they take a selfie. Additionally, because Snapchat photos and videos disappear after viewing, they require more attention than other apps.

For drivers, this can mean complete attention on their handheld device with absolutely no awareness of streetlights, vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Victims who have sustained traumatic injuries are turning to personal injury lawyers to seek justice for medical expenses and other damages.

While Snapchat has not commented on specific lawsuits, they released a statement saying safety is a priority and they actively discourage their community from enabling the speed filter while driving. This includes a “Do NOT Snap and Drive” warning message in the app itself.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of a car accident involving Snapchat or any other social media app, contact 1-800-THE-LAW2 for a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys. There are no upfront fees, and either you get paid, or you don’t pay at all.