Should You be Liable if Someone You Text Causes a Crash?

A judge rules on case where a woman texted her boyfriend and the boyfriend crashed while reading her text.

A new Pennsylvania law that went into effect in March says it's illegal to text while driving, but what about texting to someone who is driving?

Can you be held accountable for the actions of the person to whom you send the text?

What do you think? Tell us in the comments below.

A New Jersey judge says no. That was his ruling Friday in a case involving a  couple who each lost a leg after their motorcycle was struck by a driver allegedly reading a text message. The judge dismissed the charges against Shannon Colonna, according to an AP report in the Washington Post.

According to the Daily Record, court records show that Kyle Best, who was 18 at the time, and his girlfriend, Shannon Colonna, exchanged numerous text messages on the day of the crash, including one sent just before he lost control of his pickup truck near Montville and struck a motorcyle ridden by David and Linda Kubert.

The Kuberts wanted to hold Colanna responsible for contributing to the crash, and have asked the judge to add her to the lawsuit.

Should a texter be held responsible for the actions of the person who receives the text message? Would it matter if the texter knew that the recipient was driving?

Jim May 26, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Go ahead America put junior in the the car seat, then go into WaWa grap a coffee. Get back into the driver seat drink your coffee drive and have a sambo at the same time, while your texting your freinds about your latest B.S. It will only hurt for a second, then kiss your butt goodbye and who ever you run into head on. It's a great country.
Jim Heck May 26, 2012 at 10:26 PM
absoutely not. because the person you are texting should be paying a tension to the road anyway, as you have NO control over over what that other person may or may not be doing.
Marc May 29, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Agree 100%.
Shirley May 29, 2012 at 04:44 PM
The recipient of the text should use more than common sense in any situation, be it driving (a distraction), at dinner with a group in a restaurant (a courtesy), on the landline with a potential employer (bye bye job!), etc. SILENT is an option; use it. Driving is an activity/routine/job that in no way calls for any type of multi-tasking; multi-tasking while driving is an accident in the making.


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