Judge Rules Person Sending Text Not Responsible for AccidentBy Scott C. Gottlieb
In May we reported on the lawsuit brought by a couple who both lost their left legs when the motorcycle they were riding was struck by a driver who was texting. The couple claimed that both the teen driver of the vehicle that hit them and the driver’s girlfriend, who sent him a text message just seconds before the crash, were liable for their motorcycle accident.
The judge in the case disagreed with the couple and ruled that the person sending the text to which the driver was responding “cannot be held liable.” Judge David Rand said that drivers are bombarded with all forms of distractions, including billboards and GPS devices, and it is the driver’s responsibility to manage them safely, according to NJ.com.
“We expect more of our drivers. We expect more of the people who are given the license and privilege to operate vehicles on our highways,” said Rand while pointing out that distractions are dangerous to drivers.
Our accident attorneys encourage parents and adults to continue to educate our young drivers of the dangers of texting and cellphone use while driving.
Our New York car accident attorneys know the devastating impact a distracted driving accident can have on a family. If you have been hurt in a motor vehicle crash caused by a distracted driver you should seek legal help right away. An experienced New York car accident attorney can help you file a claim and, especially, to fight the insurance company.
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