|By Shelly Palmer||
|September 2, 2013 03:01 AM EDT||
Everyone knows that texting while driving is a bad idea, illegal and very, very dangerous. A court in New Jersey recently decided that drivers alone aren’t responsible – if you send a text message to another person you know is behind the wheel, you can be held liable in the event of an accident. This stemmed from a court case where a distracted teenage driver severely injured a married couple on a motorcycle while he was texting his girlfriend. The couple had reached a settlement with the driver, but also wanted to charge the girl he was texting with negligence. The New Jersey court didn’t bring charges against the girl, but thought the idea was interesting enough to consider in future cases. The court said that remote texters only have a “limited duty,” and you have to wonder how in most cases someone could prove you knowingly texted a driver. Regardless of the legal implications, though, if you think your friend or loved one is driving, don’t text them. Whatever you have to say can wait.