TMC is an independent, primarily volunteer organization that relies on ad revenue to cover its operating costs. Please consider whitelisting TMC on your ad blocker or making a Paypal contribution here: paypal.me/SupportTMC

New Jersey rules txting someone whose driving you are now liable for their accidents

Discussion in 'Cars and Transportation' started by yobigd20, Aug 29, 2013.

  1. yobigd20

    yobigd20 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2012
    Messages:
    5,793
    Location:
    Skaneateles, NY
    Ridiculous. If you text someone that's driving and they get into an accident, you are liable and can be sued now.

    That's right. I didn't say "texting and driving", I said if you are sitting your a$$ at home and txt someone else that's driving and THEY get into an accident, YOU can now be sued.

    Only in New Jersey - The most backwards state in the country.

    Text a driver in New Jersey, and you could see your day in court - CNN.com
     
  2. ItsNotAboutTheMoney

    ItsNotAboutTheMoney Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2012
    Messages:
    4,493
    Location:
    Maine
    Incitement to commit a crime is a crime.
     
  3. liuping

    liuping Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2013
    Messages:
    1,858
    Location:
    San Diego
    Why would you knowingly be sending texts to someone who's driving. Are you trying to get them killed?
     
  4. SCW-Greg

    SCW-Greg Active Member

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2012
    Messages:
    1,703
    Location:
    Beaverton, OR
    #4 SCW-Greg, Aug 29, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2013
    And there in lies the "out."

    "... but only if the sender knew or had special reason to know that the recipient would view the text while driving..."

    Your response... "How could I have known?"
    And in what time frame is/was the text sent, vs. accident? Could be a whole he said/she said affair.

    Unless the actual word "driving" comes up in the text exchange, this will never hold up.
     
  5. dflye

    dflye S Sig Perf 414, VIN 814

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2011
    Messages:
    569
    Location:
    Raleigh, NC
    Even if a text is sent to someone you KNOW is out driving around, it isn't your fault if the recipient decides to read the text WHILE DRIVING versus at a time when the text isn't a distraction, such as when parked.

    Ludicrous legislation that only benefits lawyers and various other ambulance chasers.
     
  6. yobigd20

    yobigd20 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2012
    Messages:
    5,793
    Location:
    Skaneateles, NY
    Whats next...app makers liable for push notifications...?? lol

    Google liable for dinging when gmail arrives??

    lol

    Lets say you do get sued.., typically that's why you have insurance, etc, but if your home and txt someone else and now your liable, does your car insurance cover this?? Soo many questions...
     
  7. Discoducky

    Discoducky Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2011
    Messages:
    2,883
    Location:
    Seattle
    #7 Discoducky, Aug 29, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2013
    A$$ on couch text: dude, are you drvin?
    dude driving: Yeah, what's up?
    A$$ on couch: You must see this LOLCATS right now!!!
    dude driving: But I'm drvin and just crashed; thx!

    Partially Liable, yes; While not the same as yelling "Fire" in a crowded theater; freedom of speech has its limits.
     
  8. brianman

    brianman Burrito Founder

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2011
    Messages:
    15,487
    I feel this story is incomplete. Clearly Discoducky forgot to include the picture. If I get into a wreck while typing this post, I'm totally blaming him.
     

Share This Page