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Posted 6 months ago in Government Traffic tickets and accidents by Aaron Kase  
Florida Enacts Ban on Texting While Driving

A new texting while driving law was enacted in Florida recently, but critics say that the measure lacks teeth. The law, which came into effect on Oct. 1, is a secondary offense, meaning police cannot pull over drivers unless they commit another infraction in addition to texting. At that point, the officer can write a $30 ticket for the phone use for a first offense.  The law does not address phone calls, allows for use of GPS while driving and …

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Text a Driver Causing a Crash and You’ll Pay for It

A New Jersey appeals court has held that sending a text message to someone you know is driving could result in liability for you, if the driver causes an accident while reading it.   Dangerous Communication The case involved a teenager, Shannon Colonna, who texted her boyfriend Kyle Best while he was driving on a highway in New Jersey in 2009. Best crashed into a couple on a motorcycle, seriously injuring them. (They each lost a leg in the accident.) …

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Teen Sexting Criminalized by States

States continue to outlaw sexting by teens – to each other or to adults – even as it grows more popular among them.   The Problem of Permanence Guam and at least 20 states since 2009 have enacted bills that address sexting among minors, according to the National Conference on State Legislatures. Bills or resolutions criminalizing minors’ sending sexually explicit photos by cell phone were introduced in at least 13 states in 2012. Four states — Hawaii, New York, Pennsylvania …

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Posted 11 months ago in Litigation Personal Injury Social Networks by Michele Bowman  
Can You Be Sued for Texting a Driver Who Causes an Accident?

Do you always know what the recipients of your text messages are doing when you text them? An appellate court in New Jersey is considering whether text senders can be held liable when a driver reads a message and gets into an accident with a third party.   Duty Debate In Shannon Colonna’s case, the riders of a motorcycle reportedly sued both her and Kyle Best after Best crashed his pickup into them in Mine Hill, N.J., in September 2009. …

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Wrongful Death Suit in Utah Texting While Driving Fatality

The family of a Utah boy who was killed in an alleged texting-while-driving accident is suing the driver who hit him for wrongful death. The accused driver, Jeffery Lloyd Bascom, is also facing criminal charges under the state’s distracted driving law. Thomas LaVelle Clark, 15, was walking along a semi-rural road on the outskirts of the town of Vernal when he was hit from behind by a pickup driven by Bascom, 28. Clark was thrown 40 feet over a ditch …

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