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Snapchat Speed Filter Claimed To Have Led To High Speed Tragic Car Accident

New technologies are accompanied by new liability theories for car accident cases. Earlier this month an Appellate Court in Georgia, overruled a Trial Court that had dismissed a claim brought by a brain damaged car accident victim against Snapchat. A "Speed Filter" technology developed by Snapchat allows users to post the speed at which they are driving and allows for that speed to be superimposed to a Snap before sending it. According to the affidavit of an injured passenger, in September 2015, a teenage driver was claimed to have accelerated her Mercedes Benz to 113 mph while holding her cell phone up to capture and post her speed on Snapchat. Suddenly, a car pulled into their lane of travel causing a horrific crash injuring several occupants, one of whom suffered a permanent brain injury.

The plaintiff argued that they only sought to hold Snapchat liable for designing an application that encourages excessive speeding and failing to warn its users of that potential. The Trial Court threw the case out despite the distraction that cell phone application had created, on the ground that Snapchat is immune to liability under the federal Communications Decency Act (CDA). The Appellate Court sent the case back for trial holding that the CDA only applies to claims that a website such as Snapchat, was the publisher of any third-party content. Here the challenge was to Snapchat's conduct and not that of any third party. Maynard v Snapchat, Court of Appeals of Georgia, June 5, 2018

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Trial Attorney with 30+ Years of Experience Attorney Ronald C. Burke, Esq. has more than 30 years of experience and has focused his career on representing clients in cases involving personal injury, medical malpractice and legal malpractice. He is a seasoned trial lawyer and has won many seven-figure settlements and verdicts for his clients over the years, including many case victories listed among the largest in the history of the New York State. He has been featured in the news and is a regular lecturer for the New York County Lawyers Association, as well as having lectured before the New York State Bar Association. Ron is also an attorney with Kelner & Kelner, a New York personal injury law firm. Awards and Accolades Mr. Burke's awards and accolades are many. Among them, he has been included in New York Super Lawyers® each year since 2010, and he has received the highest-possible AV® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®. Verdict Search, a part of the New York Law Journal, frequently recognizes his notable successes after winning some of the highest settlements and verdicts in past years. He was also featured in their list of the "Top New York Verdicts of 2011" and "Top New York Settlements of 2012." He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and is licensed to practice law in the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, as well as before the United States Supreme Court. When Attorney Burke is not handling legal malpractice cases, he is highly involved in the local community. He is a member of the Village of Rockville Centre Volunteer Fire Department, has served on the local school board and as Chairman of the local Zoning Board. Learn more about Attorney Burke and how he can skillfully handle your malpractice case by contacting the Law Offices of Ronald C. Burke, Esq. right away to schedule your complimentary case evaluation. Our firm is here to help! Contact a New York Legal Malpractice Attorney Our firm provides each client's case with thorough preparation and aggressive representation, ensuring that you win the best possible results for your case whether it is settled or goes to trial. As a seasoned trial lawyer, Mr. Burke can provide the strong and relentless representation you need to establish negligence in a legal malpractice case and to recover any damages you may have suffered. Our firm can recover compensation for pre-trial and trial malpractice, violations of fee arrangements, loss of income, pain and suffering, and much more. Contact us today!

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