Can You Be Held Liable for Sending a Text to a Driver?
In a decision handed down in August 2013, the court determined that a person who actively encourages a driver to respond to text messages while driving can be held liable along with the driver if the distraction leads to an accident.
The fact that the other driver was distracted leading up to your accident is almost always a very strong factor in your favor. On the other hand, the fact that you were driving distracted may reduce or even preclude your ability to obtain compensation.
Many states have drafted very broad distracted driving laws that could apply to Google Glass. Some states, including New Jersey, have introduced legislation specifically barring drivers from getting behind the wheel while wearing Google Glass.
Initiatives to limit distracted driving have focused largely on electronic devices. More than 30 states (including New Jersey) have enacted laws banning texting while driving. Some states now require drivers…