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Snapchat at center of distracted driving car accident

Technology has revolutionized every Tennessean's life. It has changed the way we work, drive and entertain. Though, these advances are often beneficial, sometimes they lead to unwanted and unnecessary consequences.

One of the most obvious examples of these disastrous side-effects is distracted driving. Far too many individuals, including those in Tennessee, text and drive or utilize their phones to surf social media all the while operating their vehicle. This can be utterly devastating, as can be seen by one high-profile case.

A man recently filed a lawsuit against a teen driver who caused a head-on collision that left the man with severe brain injuries. According to the lawsuit, the 18-year-old driver was utilizing a filter on Snapchat that allows an individual to post a selfie with an indication of their rate of speed at the time of the picture. A reconstruction specialist determined the teen was travelling at 107 miles per hour at the time of the accident.

In addition to suing the teenager, the man has also filed a lawsuit against Snapchat. The tech company maintains that the filter should not be used when driving and encourages motorists to refrain from using the app while behind the wheel.

This is an interesting case that could be powerful in shining a light on the dangers of distracted driving. In addition, this case seeks to expand responsibility for such negligence, which could be key in reducing the number of distracted driving accidents across Tennessee and the U.S. as a whole.

Unfortunately, the victim, in this case, may never be able to fully reclaim his health. But, he hopefully will be able to recover compensation to help him receive the medical care and financial stability he needs to live as fulfilling of a life as is possible under the circumstances.

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

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