Snapchat Accident – Teenager Faces Felony Charges
Car accidents involving texting or social media applications have resulted in multiple serious injuries and death. A brief Facebook message, Twitter post, or Snapchat photo take drivers' eyes off the roadways, leading to accidents that simply do not need to occur. While there may be benefits to social media these days, the distraction these applications have on us while driving has demonstrated that even the slightest lack of concentration can turn deadly at any moment.
19-Year-Old Woman Faces Felony Charges for September 2015 Georgia Accident
Just last year, a 19-year-old woman caused a horrific accident that tragically left a man with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) that have limited his ability to move without the assistance of a walker or wheelchair. The injured man later filed a lawsuit claiming that the young woman was traveling more than 100 miles per hour while using Snapchat, a social media application, to track her speed and take selfies. She then slammed into the back of the man's car.
Shortly after the accident occurred, it was unknown to police that the teenager had been using Snapchat before rear-ending the man's vehicle at a high rate of speed. While the facts of the accident are disputed by the parties in the lawsuit, law enforcement officials have recently come forward with felony charges after seeing evidence that the teenager was using Snapchat and driving over 100 miles per hour immediately before the accident occurred. The teenager has been charged with (1) causing serious injury by vehicle; (2) reckless driving; (3) being a super speeder; and (4) driving too quickly for the conditions of the road.
The True Consequences of Distracted Driving
This recent accident makes clear that distracted driving can be just as deadly, or even more deadly than an accident caused by a drunk driver. Not only was the teenager driving more than 100 miles per hour, which is dangerous enough on its own, but she was also paying attention to an application on her phone and taking selfies. This means that her eyes were not on the road, and she therefore did not see the vehicle in front of her. The consequences of this young woman's actions left an innocent man with debilitating and life-altering injuries. He may never be able to work again in his life might always require the assistance of a walker or wheelchair. Moreover, he will likely require lifelong medical care. The possibilities for how this man's life may go forward are endless, and his suffering may continue for years to come.
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Distracted driving continues to play a role in recent accidents that have left many severely injured or dead. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries as a result of an accident involving a distracted driver, you should consider speaking with a legal professional as soon as possible. A Georgia Car Accident Lawyer can evaluate your case to determine if someone else may be responsible for your or a loved one's injuries. At Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, we have more than thirty years of experience helping injured individuals from all over Georgia and the greater Southeast. If you would like to schedule a free consultation to discuss your situation with one of our Georgia Car Accident Lawyers, contact Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law today by calling (800) LAW-NEED (529-6333). You may also visit us online at www.montlick.com to complete a Free Case Evaluation Form, and you may also participate in a 24-hour Live Online Chat.