DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Law Firm
Call now for a Free consultation

Social media app implicated in alleged distracted driving accident, P.2

Last time, we began looking at a case in which a Georgia man is suing a teen he accuses of using Snapchat immediately prior to the accident. The man—who suffered a traumatic brain injury—is also suing Snapchat. As we noted, the teen and her friends say the man actually pulled into their lane, not giving her enough time to stop.

For its part, Snapchat denies that it encourages its users to use the app while driving, and that it displays warnings to users to not use the program while operating a motor vehicle.  Police have, so far, chosen not to cite the teen for speeding partly because of conflicting accounts from her passengers about the speed of the vehicle. Police have said that the man may also have committed a moving violation by failing to signal before changing lanes. 

The case is an interesting one not only from the standpoint of social medial use and distracted driving, but also with respect to the issue of negligence in personal injury cases. First of all, there is the issue of comparative negligence, if both parties are found to be partially at fault. Then there is the issue of third party negligence for Snapchat.

Ordinarily, people think of motor vehicle accidents as involving the liability of one of the parties, perhaps both in some cases, but people don’t usually think about third party liability, at least not immediately. Third party liability is an important possibility to explore, though, in car accident cases where actors other than the drivers involved in the crash may have contributed to the incident. Having an experienced advocate in such cases can help ensure an accident victim has the best possible chance of adequate compensation. In a future post, we’ll look further at the issue of third party negligence. 

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Honors & Accreditations

Free Case Evaluation Form You will receive a prompt response to your evaluation.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy



East Syracuse Office
6739 Myers Road
East Syracuse, NY 13057

East Syracuse Law Office Map

Oneida Office
312 Broad Street
Oneida, NY 13421

Oneida Law Office Map

Watertown Office
119 Sherman Street
Watertown, NY 13601

Watertown Law Office Map

New Hartford Office
23 Oxford Road
New Hartford, NY 13413

New Hartford Law Office Map

Oswego Office
92 W. 6th Street
Oswego, NY 13126

Oswego Law Office Map

Cortland Office
26 Court Street
Cortland, NY 13045

Cortland Law Office Map

Rochester Office
510 Clinton Square
Rochester, NY 14604

Rochester Law Office Map

Phone: 315-479-9000
Fax: 315-479-9300
Back To Top