Created: Fri, 30 Aug 2013 09:10:00 EST
Updated: Fri, 30 Aug 2013 10:58:31 EST
Most of us are (hopefully) aware by now that texting while driving is illegal in North Carolina. But what if you're texting from your couch, or the mall, and the other person is driving? What then? If you're in New Jersey, the crash could still be considered your fault.
A court in NJ just ruled that if you knowingly text someone who's driving, and they answer you, you're at fault for distracting them, and therefore you could be held responsible for the accident. They key word there is "knowingly", and that might be hard to prove. Still, the law allows the texter not in the car to assume some blame.
Some people are wondering how far you can take the situation: if someone who's not driving can be responsible for a crash. Could you blame a passenger who's talking to the driver? Or could you blame the radio station, or even a specific radio talent for putting their show out over the air? Every single car out there has a radio, so you know someone will be listening to the radio at some time while they're driving. But tonight, we're talking texting.
So we hit the streets to see if you think it's fair to split the blame with somebody who's not in the car...