You Shouldn’t Text N.J. Drivers and Other Fascinating News on the Web
Even if you’re not the driver, you could be liable.
The Danger of Texting Drivers
At this point, it’s no secret that it’s a bad idea to text while driving. And it’s against the law in most states. But what about the person who is sitting on their couch at home and exchanging messages with someone who is out on the road? Can that person be held accountable if the driver causes an accident? According to an appeals court in New Jersey, the answer is yes: “We hold that the sender of a text message can potentially be liable if an accident is caused by texting, but only if the sender knew or had special reason to know that the recipient would view the text while driving and thus be distracted.” It will be incredibly interesting to see how things play out as our laws gradually catch up to our technology usage.
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