IS A TEXT SENDER RESPONSIBLE FOR AN ACCIDENT CAUSED BY DRIVER WHO RECEIVED THE TEXT?
A pivotal court ruling is scheduled for May 25th in New Jersey Superior Court. A judge must decide whether Shannon Colonna is responsible for a text message she sent to a 19-year-old Kyle Best that led to his distraction while driving back in 2009. The case originated when the injured parties claimed that the text message directly contributed to the car accident that resulted in each spouse losing a leg. According to the facts, Best was driving the pickup truck in 2009 that crossed a double-yellow line in Mine Hill and side-swiped the Kuberts who were riding together on a motorcycle.
The decision will set precedent as to when the non-driving, texting person becomes responsible for injuries caused by the texter behind the wheel?