New form of Distraction: Snapchat

Snapchat is an image messaging platform that primarily serves the purpose of sharing pictures and videos. There are several features offered by this software, one of which may place drivers and their passengers in serious danger.

While the act of using any electronic platform to communicate while driving is a terrible idea that can have serious and life-altering consequences, Snapchat has upped the risks by adding a “speed filter” to its software. Snapchat’s speed filter let’s people share how fast they are moving when they take a selfie, a feature that has placed the software at the center of a personal injury lawsuit in California where a recorded speed of 113 was reached before the selfie-obsessed driver hit another car. The consequences of that accident? Traumatic brain injury for the driver of the other vehicle.

Snapchat posts disappear after 10 seconds, a fact that may lead some to believe their behavior cannot be found out. This is, however, far from the truth. As forensic experts have shown time and again, nothing, absolutely nothing on the internet gets permanently and untraceably deleted. This may be bad news for cheating spouses, but it is great news for victims of drivers who care more about taking pictures of themselves than protecting the safety of those with whom they share the road.


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