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September 30, 2013

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New Jersey Appeals Court Rules That Text Sender Can Be Held Liable

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

The ruling comes in the case of a couple who lost both their legs when their motorcycle was hit by a teenager who was text-ing and driving in Morris County in 2009.

The motorists sued the driver’s girlfriend, who sent him messages. The judges upheld a lower court ruling that dismissed the lawsuit.

The appeals court said someone who texts a motorist is not liable for the driver’s negligent actions, but the texter has a duty to refrain if the person knows the recipient is driving and likely to read the message.

The injured couple settled their lawsuit against the driver for $500,000.

The story generated some interesting comments from readers. Read a few of the comments below:

The Bigger Lebowski says:

“But the texter has a duty to refrain if the person knows the recipient is driving and likely to read the message.” How ridiculous.

Linda says:

“Growing up I did a lot of stupid things. And when I got in trouble, my punishment would double if I tried to blame someone else (the ‘he started it’ or ‘everybody else was doing it’ defenses). One punishment for my actions and a second for trying to lay-blame somewhere else, because as I heard many times, no one is responsible for your actions except YOU! Individuals in today’s society accept responsibility for NOTHING, and the rest of society encourages it.”

Joe Bigshack says:

“This is crazy … really it’s our fault and not the driver?? I don’t think so. This country is on a fast track to being completely stupid.”

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