It has reached a point now that hearing about someone being charged for causing an accident while texting and driving barely raises an eyebrow. You and I both know that texting while behind the wheel is clearly a poor move and it’s illegal in many states.
But what if states started to hold someone else responsible? Like someone NOT in the car who is knowingly texting the driver WHILE they are driving, thus creating the distraction?
A Superior Court Judge in New Jersey is considering just a case right now. It goes like this: An 18 year old is charged after he swerves into oncoming traffic while looking at texts sent by his girlfriend. He hit two motorcyclists. While the teen has to pay a fine and must speak to the dangers of texting and driving, the motorcyclists have filed a civil suit and they wnat to include the girlfriend, claiming she KNEW he was driving and shouldn’t have been texting.
Whew. This is a tough one. How would she have known just WHEN he would look at the texts? Wouldn’t it be reasonable to assume he wouldn’t look WHILE he was driving and maybe at a stoplight? And what about EVERYTHING else people do in thier cars that could be cause for distraction?
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