This case could be the first of its kind, say observers. The injured couple’s attorney argued that text messages that were being sent to him at the time by the teenage driver’s friend played a role in the accident. The attorney asked for a jury to decide if that friend was liable too.
While the court ruled that the friend wasn’t liable, I think it shows a slowly changing attitude toward texting while driving. The Denver car accident attorneys (www.dlslawfirm.com/attorney-profiles/dianne-sawaya/ at the Law Offices of Dianne Sawaya see cases like this way too often.
Colorado law makes it illegal to send text messages, e-mails or tweets while driving. Anyone younger than 18 is prohibited from using a cellphone at all while driving. Violators can be fined $50 for a first offense and $100 for a second offense.
While this is a good step in the right direction, I think we need to have more aggressive laws – and more important, more aggressive enforcement – against texting while driving. It will save lives and serious injuries. Maybe this New Jersey court case will help push us that way.
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