Texter Not Liable for Driver’s Crash

In the first case of its kind, a New Jersey Judge ruled on Friday that a woman who texted her boyfriend while he was driving, cannot be held liable for a crash he caused while responding. The lawyer for the injured couple who brought the lawsuit alleged that text messages from Shannon Collonna to her boyfriend Kyle Best caused the 2009 car wreck. Both victims had to have parts of their legs amputated as a result of the accident.

The woman’s lawyer argued that she did not know her boyfriend was driving at the time and had no control over how or when her boyfriend would read and respond to her message. State Superior Judge David Rand agreed and dismissed the claims filed against the woman by the crash victims, who are also suing her boyfriend. Judge Rand said that if he “were I to extend the duty to this case, in my judgment, any form of distraction could serve as the basis of liability.”

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