Texting a driver in New Jersey? You could be liable if they crash
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(KTNV) -- If you text a driver in New Jersey who gets in a crash, you could also be in hot water.
A state appeals court has ruled that anyone who knowingly texts a person while driving can also be held responsible if that driver has an accident.
The ruling was made Tuesday in response to a lawsuit against a 17-year-old girl who sent a text to her 18-year-old boyfriend who crashed into a man and woman on their motorcycle in 2009.
The girl was not found to be liable because there was no proof that she knew that her boyfriend was driving. But, the three judges on the panel accepted the general argument that a texter could be held responsible if they know the receiver of the text is driving.
Most people in New Jersey thinks the ruling is unfair.
But, others agree with the panel saying that when it comes to cars, safety should always be the first priority.
What everyone agrees on is that people who are driving should just avoid using the phone at all.
So, what do you think? Should someone who sends a text to a driver who is in an accident because they are texting be held responsible?