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NJ Court: Senders of Texts to Drivers Can Be Held Liable

 
NJ Court: Senders of Texts to Drivers Can Be Held Liable
Posted Wednesday, August 28th 2013 @ 9am

A New Jersey state appeals court ruled that a teenage girl who texted her friend moments before he crashed into a motorcycle in Morris County, cannot be held liable for the injuries sustained by the couple riding the motorcycle. NJ.com reports; however, two of the three judges involved in the ruling say that people have a responsibility to refrain from texting someone who they know is driving.

“We conclude that a person sending text messages has a duty not to text someone who is driving if the texter knows, or has special reason to know, the recipient will view the text while driving,” Judge Victor Ashrafi wrote. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that in the opinion published by the court, the person sending the text can also be held liable in civil court if they know the person they are texting is driving and that they will read the message.

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