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Snapchat ‘Speed Filter' Led to Ga. Car Crash: Lawsuit

"No Snap is more important than someone's safety," the company says

Lawyers for a man with permanent brain damage are suing a driver and social media platform Snapchat, alleging that the app's speed tracker caused the car crash that injured him, NBC News reports.

Uber driver Wentworth Maynard was hurt when a Mercedes Benz, allegedly going 107 mph, collided with his vehicle. The Mercedes' driver, Christal McGee, was using a Snapchat filter that tracks how fast users are moving, the lawsuit alleges.

Snapchat's speed tracker rewards users who submit photos of their speed by giving them points, the suit notes, and attorney Michael Lawson Neff told NBC News "the issue really is about distracted teenage drivers."

In a statement to NBC News, a Snapchat spokesperson said, "No Snap is more important than someone's safety. We actively discourage our community from using the speed filter while driving."

It's not clear if McGee is facing any criminal charges in the crash. NBC has reached out to Loveyjoy, Georgia, police department. 

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