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Teen Car Accidents Resulting from Driving While Using Social Media

Posted on December 7, 2016

Learning how to drive when you are a teenager is a ticket to freedom, to hang out with your friends and gain some independence from having to rely on your parents or older siblings to drive you. Adhering to the rules of the road while reacting to your surrounding circumstances can be a difficult task for any driver, and is just further enhanced for those new to the road. Teenagers today are facing an even bigger distraction while driving: the use of cellphones and social media.

People today are more connected than ever, and the Millennial generation is no exception. They quickly adapt to new technology, settings, and applications, at a rate we have not yet seen with cell phone and computer use. The constant sense of connection has led many young drivers to feel they must live stream or record whatever they are doing, which has included driving. Texting and driving accidents are unfortunately more and more common today. 

An Example of A Phone Related Car Accident

One young girl made national headlines earlier this year after she violently collided with another driver while attempting to unlock rewards using the SnapChat application’s ‘speed’ filter. The girl was going 107 miles per hour at the time of the collision. Still failing to realize the severity of her actions, the young driver then proceeded to send out a picture using the application, of herself in a neckbrace in the ambulance. The man she hit was hospitalized for over a month, suffering traumatic brain injuries and now walks with the assistance of a walker or wheelchair as a result of the collision. This negligence lead to a serious car accident and personal injury for both drivers. 

The speed filter allows a user to record exactly how fast they are traveling in current time and has been the source of a number of accidents. While SnapChat does give a disclaimer about the safety of using the filter while driving, which is stated directly on the filter, it has not insulated them for legal claims being brought against them. In the car accident discussed above, the injured driver is also suing SnapChat under a products liability claim, stating the application has a dangerous feature that does not have warnings or safeguards.

Tulsa Personal Injury Lawyer

Social media plays a big role in all of our lives, however, there is a time and a place for its use. If you or someone you know was injured as a result of the distracted driving of another, please do not hesitate to reach out to Tulsa Personal Injury Attorney Charles Bryan Alred. Contact the office of Charles Bryan Alred, PC to discuss your case, by calling us at 918-745-9960 or by reaching out on our website. There is no pressure to commit, which is why the initial consultation is always free.