Everyone knows that texting while driving is a bad idea, illegal and very, very dangerous. A court in New Jersey recently decided that drivers alone aren’t responsible – if you send a text message to another person you know is behind the wheel, you can be held liable in the event of an accident. This stemmed from a court case where a distracted teenage driver severely injured a married couple on a motorcycle while he was texting his girlfriend. The couple had reached a settlement with the driver, but also wanted to charge the girl he was texting with negligence. The New Jersey court didn’t bring charges against the girl, but thought the idea was interesting enough to consider in future cases. The court said that remote texters only have a “limited duty,” and you have to wonder how in most cases someone could prove you knowingly texted a driver. Regardless of the legal implications, though, if you think your friend or loved one is driving, don’t text them. Whatever you have to say can wait.
Shelly Palmer Radio Report – September 2, 2013
Author: Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).