An Arkansas Distracted Driving Accident Attorney notes a serious accident caused by a teen driver using an app to post her high rate of speed. The collision, which occurred outside of Atlanta, reportedly happened as the teen driver was attempting to post a photograph of herself on Snapchat, a social media app that allows users to post their speeds at the time they take a photo. The company has been sued along with the driver. People who are injured by distracted drivers may be eligible to seek compensation with the help of an Arkansas auto accident injury attorney.
For more information, contact the Johnson & Vines Law Firm today. We offer free, no obligation consultations, and we can help you determine whether you have a claim. You can contact us by filling out the form on this page, calling us at 501-777-7777, or emailing us at [email protected].
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Teen Driver: “Just trying to get the car to 100 miles per hour to post it on Snapchat.”
According to news reports, the social networking app Snapchat includes a feature called a “speed filter,” which lets drivers post their speed at the time the take a picture to post to the app. In the distracted driving accident, the teen driver was attempting to use the filter when she struck another driver who was attempting to merge onto a four-lane highway.
CNN reports that:
[The teen driver] wanted to post an image of herself going fast. She argued that she was, ‘Just trying to get the car to 100 miles per hour to post it on Snapchat.'” the victim’s lawyers say.
A passenger in [the teen driver]’s car said she had hit 113 mph on the Snapchat filter, they added. When the cars hit, the speed was 107 mph, according to the complaint. The speed limit was 55.
“While [she] was distracted and on her phone, [the teen driver] did not notice that a gray Mitsubishi, driven by [the victim], had pulled out onto the road,” the complaint says.
[The teen driver], who was also injured in the accident, apparently also took a Snapchat while she was in the ambulance, on a gurney, with blood on her face.
“Lucky to be alive” was the caption.
The victim spent five weeks in intensive care for severe traumatic brain injury treatments. He and his wife have sued the teen driver and Snapchat, alleging that the company was aware of other accident involving drivers using the app to post their speed. Snapchat has noted that the app includes a warning against using it while driving.
How an Arkansas Distracted Driving Accident Attorney Can Help
When negligence from distracted driving or other causes results in injury, or when a company’s product is unreasonably dangerous and causes harm, an injured party suffers loss in various ways. The law allows that party to pursue damages to recover those losses. Common types of damages recoverable in a personal injury case include:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Loss of ability to earn
- Scarring and disfigurement
When someone’s negligence results in the death of another person, family members of the person killed may recover damages for the wrongful death of their loved one. Wrongful death damages include:
- Medical expenses incurred prior to death
- Conscious pain and suffering prior to death
- Loss of the economic support of the loved one
- Loss of the companionship of the loved one
- Funeral expenses
If the actions causing injury are malicious or so reckless that intent to harm can be inferred, the responsible party can be liable for punitive damages to punish wrongful conduct and deter similar conduct in the future.
Victims of distracted driving, or dangerous products, are encouraged to contact an Arkansas distracted driving accident attorney at the Johnson & Vines Law Firm to learn more about their rights and remedies.
The Time You Have to Pursue a Claim is Limited. Contact Us Today.
For more information, or if you want to speak with an Arkansas distracted driving accident attorney, contact the Johnson & Vines law firm today. You can contact us by filling out the form on this page, calling us at 501-777-7777, or emailing us at [email protected].
After you contact us, an attorney will follow up with you to get more information about your case. There is no cost or obligation to speak with us, and all of the information you provide is confidential.
Please note that the law limits the time you have to pursue a claim or file a lawsuit for an injury. If you think you have a case, you should not delay taking action.