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Snapchat, teen at center of distracted driving accident suit

 

It’s no secret that technology has revolutionized our world. Everything, from the way we work to the way we entertain ourselves, has changed over the last few decades. Though these technological advances have made us more efficient and accurate in our duties and rendered us able to be entertained and interconnected 24 hours a day, they also pose dangers to individuals in Louisiana and nationwide. One area, in particular, has become an increasingly large and deadly problem: distracted driving.

 

To see the effects of distracted driving, one need only look to a recently filed lawsuit against a teen driver and mobile app Snapchat. The lawsuit comes after a man’s vehicle was struck by the teenager. According to the lawsuit, the teen was using Snapchat filter that allows users to take a selfie with their current rate of speed plastered across it. An accident reconstructionist has determined that the teen was driving 107 miles per hour at the time of the accident, which left the man with serious brain injuries. However, the teen maintains it was the man who swerved into her lane of traffic.

 

Distracted driving like this is far too common across Louisiana and the nation. Though federal, state and local governments and agencies are actively trying to curtail distracted driving accidents, they continue to occur, leaving thousands with serious injuries, as well as emotional and financial losses. Hopefully this lawsuit will shine a brighter light on this issue and spur the change that is needed to prevent these tragic wrecks.

 

In the meantime, though, car accident victims will continue to suffer losses. Those who have been injured in a crash should consider taking legal action, as a successful lawsuit could bring much needed compensation to help cover medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.

 

Source: The New York Times, “Snapchat at 107 M.P.H.? Lawsuit Blames Teenager (and Snapchat),” Katie Rogers, May 3, 2016

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