Texting Driver Who Crashes May Be Basis of Liability

, New Jersey Law Journal

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Texting with knowledge or with reason to believe the recipient will view the text while driving can be the basis of liability for a car accident, a New Jersey appeals court rules in a case of first impression.

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Originally appeared in print as Texting Driver Who Then Crashes May Be Basis of Personal Liability

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  • JOHN

    What is next, a person is potentially liable if he is talking to someone while they are driving. Does he have to get a statement from the person that he is not on a hand held phone? If not, must he immediately terminate the call? Is calling someone, knowing that he is driving, and he has an accident while he is answering also leave the person open to liability? What if you get into an argument and the driver breaks concentration and causes or fails to avoid an accident? What if the driver is known to be a minor versus someone 50 years old who has been driving for 30 plus years? I could go on but maybe the Supreme Court should stop this now. By the way do not send a response to this while I am driving as I may read it and get into an accident!

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