A man involved in a wreck in which the other driver was using her cell phone is now suing Snapchat, according to New York Daily News.
Wentworth Maynard was driving with his wife when their car was struck by another car going 107 mph. The other driver, Christal McGee, was using the app Snapchat at the time. She was using a filter that shows the speed of the user and wanted a picture of her going 100 mph, according to New York Daily News.
Maynard, who has suffered brain damage and hasn’t been able to work since the accident, said that the Snapchat filter instigated the crash, according to New York Daily News.
There have been at least 41 accidents in the town of Rexburg since the start of April, according to rexburgpolice.com.
On April 3, police responded to a two car accident involving airbag deployment and unknown injuries. One vehicle was pulling out of a parking garage when it was struck by a car in the street. The driver of the first car was cited for an “unsafe start/unsafe pullout,” according to rexburgpolice.com.
Another accident occurred on April 11 on University Boulevard. Minor injuries were reported and one car was cited for following too close as it struck the rear bumper of the car it was following, according to rexburgpolice.com.
“I once saw a car wreck up by the temple,” said Megan Wallace, a senior majoring in marriage and family studies.
Wallace said that she thinks people need to be more attentive when driving. She said that driving is especially dangerous in the winter months and that many students are not from Idaho and do not have experiences in these conditions.
“When it snows, people are idiots,” Wallace said. “They don’t know how to drive in the snow.”
During the Winter Semester 2016, 17,714 students enrolled at BYU-Idaho. This is an increase of 5.8 percent from last year’s winter semester, according to byui.edu.
Wallace said that the pedestrians also make it hard for the drivers. She said that they do not seem to care about the people driving.
Jaywalking and texting in a crosswalk are both fineable violations in Rexburg, according to rexburgpolice.com. The fine for jaywalking is $76.50. A $25 class is offered to help reduce the fine. Students are required to attend a 30 minute class given once a month and to do one hour of crosswalk duty, according to rexburgpolice.com.
A first offense fine for texting in the crosswalk is $101.50 with the second being $201.50 and any other offense will have a $51.50 fine added, according to rexburgpolice.com.
The most common cause of driver error is distracted driving, according to the article “Common Causes of Car Accidents” from nolo.com.
The largest distraction to drivers is cell phone use. People think that they can multi-task while driving, according to the article.
“Because the brain cannot adequately process all of the information coming in, the brain selects to process only a part of the information,” according to “Common Causes of Car Accidents.” “The result? We fall victim to the assumption that we are dealing with both tasks adequately, when in fact we are not effectively accomplishing either task.
Joseph Lovett, a freshman studying mechanical engineering, said that he remembers a time when he drove passed a car wreck coming home from Walmart. He said that he believes driver errors in Rexburg are a result of drivers not paying attention to their surroundings, especially traffic signs and signals.
“It’s reckless,” Lovett said. “Reckless is a good word.”