New Jersey Court: Text Sender Can Be Held Liable in Crash

September 4, 2013

A New Jersey court says a person who knowingly sends a text to a driver can share liability if the driver causes an accident.

The ruling last week came in the case of a couple severely injured when their motorcycle was hit by a teenager who was texting while driving in 2009.

The injured couple settled their lawsuit against the driver for $500,000. They also sued his girlfriend, who sent him a text message.

The appeals court says someone who texts a motorist can potentially be liable if the sender knew the recipient would view the text while driving.

Nevertheless, the judges upheld a lower court ruling that dismissed the lawsuit against the girlfriend. The court says the couple didn’t show evidence that the girl knew her boyfriend was driving or would look at her text.

Latest Comments

  • September 9, 2013 at 5:11 pm
    Really says:
    Although I personally feel that it is the drivers issue solely if we can hold a restaurant responsible becouse the served someone a couple glasses of wine and they got in an a... read more
  • September 6, 2013 at 9:00 am
    Gl Guru says:
    I don't think the court is out in left field here as they sometimes can be. To me it would depend on the facts and the bar would have to be high to link the knowledge to the a... read more
  • September 5, 2013 at 2:16 pm
    Huh! says:
    I can see holding a parent responsible for a child's behaviour, but even that is ludicrous at times. Holding an employer liable for an employee's actions can make sense at ti... read more
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