Texter Is Not Responsible for Distracting Driver Court Says

Categories: Accident Victims

The New Jersey woman who was texting her boyfriend while he was driving and whose texts were possibly the cause of an accident that injured two on a motorcycle has been cleared of all wrong doing in the case.

This case being tried in Morristown, New Jersey, was believed to be the first of its kind in the country. The case was brought by the victims, whose attorney claimed that both the driver and his college student girlfriend who had sent him the texts should be held liable for the accident. As presented, the lawyer for the couple claimed that the girlfriend knew her boyfriend was driving but she continued to send him text messages, which he was reading and responding to at the time of the crash.

However, the judge in the case ruled that liability for the crash rested with the distracted driver and he alone, not with the person who sent the texts.

The case sets important precedent in an era of increased accidents caused by distracted drivers. Texting while driving is a leading cause of accidents, including accidents leading to death. Texting while driving is considered as dangerous as drunk driving, according to law enforcement experts. Dozens of states have laws against texting while driving, but most focus on certain classes of drivers, such as those under the age of 18.

When accidents occur today, one of the first things that is checked is whether or not drugs or alcohol are involved. After that, the second thing being checked is whether or not an individual was on the phone or texting while driving.

If you are injured in a car crash and suspect that the other driver was distracted by cell phone calls or texting, you need an attorney who is willing to go to bat for you. David Van Sant is an Alpharetta accident lawyer who works hard to ensure that his clients receive a fair review of their case, a fair trial, and the compensation and justice they are due.

For more information on how a personal injury attorney can assist with your auto or truck accident, contact the Law Offices of David Van Sant.