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Snapchat, driver sued for brain injury

In a story that made the news in New York, a Georgia teenager and the social media company that created the Snapchat app are being sued following a horrific accident that left one victim with a severe traumatic brain injury. The accident and subsequent lawsuit once again puts distracted driving in the spotlight, an epidemic across the country involving drivers who are texting or checking their smartphones while driving, leading to serious injuries and sometimes death, when the distracted driving leads to an accident.

In this case, the victim claims that an 18-year-old female driver was using the Snapchat app with a "lens" feature that allows a user to track the speed of their vehicle. Following an accident reconstruction, it was determined that the young woman was driving approximately 107 miles per hour at the time of the accident. She was accompanied by three friends in the Mercedes-Benz when she crashed into the victim.

The victim sustained a severe traumatic brain injury which resulted in a five- week stay in an intensive care unit for treatment. The accident may well leave the victim with disabilities that may last one year or more.

Severe injuries such as this may qualify the victim to receive Social Security disability benefits for injury. SSD benefits can help cover medical expenses and cost of living expenses. Victims of serious injuries with lengthy or permanent disabilities may want to visit with a local law firm that handles Social Security disability claims to see whether they qualify and learn how to proceed.

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

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