Old people love to fret about the dangers lurking behind all the colorful icons on the touch screens of smartphones, but young people generally do a fine job of using smartphones in ways that prevent danger instead of enhancing it. The generation of drivers who have grown up with GPS navigation have learned to search for an address on their navigation apps, look at the route before they start driving, and then listen to the audio instructions while keeping their eyes on the road. While the younger generations like to document important moments in their lives and post them on social media, and while going for a drive with friends shortly after getting one’s driver’s license is a noteworthy event, most teens have the good sense to have the friend in the passenger seat do the posting. Smartphone apps did not invent youthful foolhardiness, but one Snapchat feature seems specifically designed to encourage dangerous driving behavior. The good news is that Snapchat has discontinued its speed filter feature, but the bad news is that distracted driving remains a widespread problem. If you have been injured in a car accident involving a distracted driver, contact a Houma car accident lawyer right away.
Snapchat’s Speed Filter is Speeding Away Into Oblivion
Filters on social media enable you to look like you as cool or as goofy as you choose; they can make you appear to be lounging on the beach while you are actually attending a class via distance learning from your bedroom in your parents’ house; they can also make you look like a cartoon version of yourself. Social media offers plenty of opportunities to boast about one’s real-world accomplishments or online video game prowess, and none of this is especially dangerous from a traffic safety perspective.
The Speed Filter feature, introduced on Snapchat in 2013, would display the speed when you filmed yourself traveling at an impressive velocity. Ostensibly designed for sprinting and amusement park rides, the feature clearly lends itself to dangerous driving, doubly dangerous, in fact, because of the speed and the distracting qualities of the smartphone. In 2021, Snapchat announced that it was discontinuing the Speed Filter. Snapchat cited its reason for discontinuing the Speed Filter as the feature’s lack of popularity. Meanwhile, lawsuits are currently pending from people injured in car accidents caused by drivers who were using the Speed Filter at the time of the collision. Gimmicky features like the Speed Filter do not make the roads any safer, and without this feature, young drivers will have one less way for their smartphones to distract them.
Contact the Law Office of Patrick H. Yancey About Distracted Driving Accidents
Cell phones are plenty distracting, even without a lot of fancy apps. A car accident lawyer can still help you recover compensation if you were injured in an accident in which a driver was looking at a phone screen or distracted by a phone conversation at the time of impact. Contact the Law Office of Patrick H. Yancey in Houma, Louisiana to see if you have grounds for a lawsuit.