How is this logically correct. According to their ruling logic, shouldnt anyone who knew about someone who had too much to drink then drove home, be liable for their actions as well? "A New Jersey appeals court ruled on Tuesday that a person who knowingly sends a text to a driver can share liability if the driver causes an accident." (sorry if repost, but i just read about this).
"Disagreeing with a lower court, a panel of judges found that when a motorist is texting while driving and causes an accident, the person who was exchanging messages with the driver can also be liable for negligence"
" "When the sender knows that the text will reach the driver while operating a vehicle, the sender has a relationship to the public who use the roadways similar to that of a passenger physically present in the vehicle,” wrote the court"
How am I responsible for someone elses actions! Its their decision to look and use a phone. NOT MINE. Even if i know they are in the car, i will send them a message. Most of the time, there is a reason i would text someone who is driving, i.e. to alert them of any immediate situations. I dont expect a reply, but it is solely their decision to do so. Its not my choice.
And they also make a dangerous conclusion that now passengers in vehicles can be responsible for a drivers actions. Look closely how the court worded their statement. If im not driving, operating the vehicle, how would any passenger be responsible for the direct actions of the driver!
This is friken insane. Is anyone else out their scared about this decision? Honestly, this could seriously be damaging. All it takes is a prosecutor with a few swift words, and any text you sent, knowingly, or unknowingly, could link you to whatever the driver did.
I really want to move out of this state now. It keeps getting worse and worse.