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May 24th, 2012
11:57 AM ET

Texting Someone Who's Driving

It's a lawsuit that involves a 19-year-old who was apparently texting while driving - and the girlfriend who was allegedly texting him from another location.  You'll see this story on Thursday's show, and we're hoping you'll weigh in here.

In most states, it's illegal to text while driving.  But does the person who's texting the driver from somewhere else also share some of the responsibility?  Or is it only the driver who's ultimately responsible?

Carl Azuz, Anchor


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  1. austin

    If the person texting is absolutely sure that the other person is driving it should be both of their faults if the driver gets into an accident

    May 24, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
    • Emily

      It is terrible to text while driving. Kyle should not have picked up his phone while driving in the car. He should have just read the text after he was home (or to his destination). I don't think his girlfriend, Shyanne, should be held responsible aswell. I should be okay to text someone while they are driving but it is the driver's responsibility not to reply until s/he reaches home.

      May 24, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
    • Ryan

      If you know if the person that you are texting is driving then it is not OK. But if did not know than only the person texting while driving should be charged it is also a law.

      May 25, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
    • Kelsee

      I think it is only the person who was actually drivings fault because nobody forced them to text while driving, it was their choice. If they were the one who chose to reply to a message while driving, they should be the one to take the blame.

      May 25, 2012 at 10:08 pm |
    • Megan

      My personal opinion is that the girlfriend is half responsible for the incident, because she knew he was driving and he could possibly choose to look at it, but she is also not responsable, because she wasn't making the boyfriend answer the text message.

      May 25, 2012 at 11:44 pm |
    • tyus

      you should not text anybody while driving

      May 28, 2012 at 12:52 am |
  2. sadie

    i think that driving while texting is horrible and that the man who was texting should be in trouble not the person who was texting him.

    May 24, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
  3. Hannah

    We feel that the girlfriend should not be charged. Although she knew he was driving, it was his ultimate choice to respond to her text.

    May 24, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
  4. Hayley

    I feel she should be charged because she probably knew that he was texting and driving. She shouldn't have texted him when he was on his way home. She should have waited.

    May 24, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
  5. Katie

    I honestly believe that if you know that they are driving you shouldn't text them, however it is the driver's responsibility to not text the person while they are in the car. I think both people are at fault here.

    May 24, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
  6. Natalie

    A person driving has a option to either look at the text while driving, or wait till they get to were there going. An in this case the driver had to chose between the two an honestly he made the wrong choice. But the message sender had no control of what the driver dose.

    May 24, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
  7. Danielle

    I think that the Sender should not be punished for the recivers actions. The reciver made the wrong choice by responding while driving. The reciver should be punished, NOT the sender.

    May 24, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
    • Chris

      If his girlfriend did not know that he was driving, she's not guilty. If she knew, it would also be her responsibility. I also think that the young man driving the car had the choice of looking and/ or replying to the text. I think the young man was definetly guilty.

      May 24, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
  8. Shannon

    I think that the both of them should be charged. I believe the driver should have turned off his phone or waited until he got home. Every text can wait. It is not worth a life!

    May 24, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
  9. Jesse

    I think that the responsibility is all on the driver because answering a text message is all up to the driver. Using the excuse of someone else texting you, is just a way to get the blame off the driver.

    May 24, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
    • krystal

      that's problibly true that's people should stop texting while there driving because they can crash and hurt someone else

      May 24, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
  10. Lillian

    I think the girlfriend is responsible if she knew that he was driving because she had the choice to not text him.

    May 24, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
    • Trejahn

      The guy shouldn't have text back. And driving with elbows use common sense. plus while facing down. WOW! No one should sew the girl.

      May 28, 2012 at 10:44 am |
  11. Brian

    The person who sent the text is responsible because that person caused the accident by making the driver take his eyes off the road.

    May 24, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
  12. Marissa

    I agree partially with the couple, but at the same time I don't think it's completely the senders fault. I think she should be sued too, but not quite as much as the guy who hit them. This is a lesson to be learned though . . .

    May 24, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
  13. Breanna

    I believe they are both responsible as long as the person who texts the driver KNOWS that the person was driving. If the texter didn't know, then they shouldn't be held responsible.

    May 24, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
  14. Veronica

    I don't believe that the girl should be sued. Textmessaging is like sending someone a letter, it doesn't need to be answered. As soon as the guy responded, it automatically became his fault for texting while driving. Not the girls fault for being the first to text.

    May 24, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
  15. Torres

    I think it is the drivers fault, he should have not looked at the text at the time

    May 24, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
  16. cole

    I think if she knew he was driving home for work she should of stopped texting him till he got home. I think he is just at fault because he should of not texted her til he got home

    May 24, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
  17. Brooke

    I think that if you know someone is driving then you shouldn't text them, especially if it's your boyfriend or girlfriend, knowing that the person is more likely to answer your text then those of anyone else. However I do not believe that the girlfriend should be sued. It isn't logical to sue her because she just sent a text message, even if she did know he was driving. Anyone could logically argue that the boy shouldn't have picked up the phone and that arguement would win every time.

    May 24, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
    • Carly

      I agree with this. The boyfriend is the one who is responsible for picking up the phone. He shouldn't have done it. But the girlfriend really shouldn't have been texting him. Still she shouldn't have to be charged, because it is his fault he texted her.

      May 25, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
  18. Dane

    I think its bad that the people were texting and the people lost there leg, but you shouldn't sue the girlfriend. I agree you won't know if he or she is driving or not. I blame the boy for texting and driving you should just leave the phone alone or give it to a passenger if there is one.

    May 24, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  19. Elizabeth

    Imagine the man's boss were to send him a text message saying he needed to come in ealy the next day. His boss would know that he was on his way home, considering he just left work. It would be illegitamate to sue his boss because it was the recipient's ultimate choice when to respond. The same goes for his girlfriend.

    May 24, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  20. Mary

    I think that they should both be responisible, because it is likley that the girl knew that he was driving home from work. And he shouldn't be answering her in the first place when he is driving. You should ONLY text someone when they are driving if it is an emergency, and you absolutley need to text back. even then it would still be illegal.

    May 24, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  21. Chase

    I think the 2 teens are guilty and responsible for thier actions.

    May 24, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  22. Justin

    If I lost a leg to someone texting and driving I would sue them as well people should know when its save to text someone and when not to text someone driving is not one of the save times you have to watch were your going people die or get hurt badly from people texting while driving. People that text while driving please stop think before you act.

    May 24, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  23. Laurel

    I believe that it is just the driver's fault. He could have chosen not to read or reply to the text until he was home.

    May 24, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  24. kendall

    I think if you know that the person your texting is driving than you should be held responcible for it to. However if you didn't know what they were doing while you were texting them, its not your fault you just didn't know. But I think you should be aware and maybe ask them to presvent this from happening. The person who was texting could of stopped it.

    May 24, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
  25. Sammie

    I think that it's sort of the person texting the driver, but not really because, the person that's driving shouldn't look at there phone while there driving, but if they know there driving then you just should wait to text them back. That's what i think about this, so it;s kinda of both their responsability's in different ways. It depends on how you look at it.

    May 24, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
  26. Sharon

    I think that if the person you're texting knows that you're driving they are just as responisible as the person texing while driving, but if they don't know your'e driving it's you're fault, not the person who's texting you.

    May 24, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  27. Kyle

    if you know that someone is driving when you text them you should be responsible too. it's like distrating them.

    May 24, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  28. brent

    i think the girl isn't at fault because how did she now if he was driving and if he was he shouldn't of texted back

    May 24, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  29. Erica

    I think they should get charged. If they new that he was in the car she should have just stop texting him. He also should have known not to text and drive

    May 24, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  30. tom

    i think that the person driving the truck is at fault not his girlfriend because she can't control weather he texts her back or not. if the driver wouldn't have texted back the accident wouldn't have happened.

    May 24, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  31. Kelly

    I think that if they know the person is driving then they should tell them that they can text them back when they are out of their car to avoid any accidents on the road.

    May 24, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  32. Joseph

    I would only text someone while they are driving only if it is a emergency, and if they got in a car crash I would feel somewhat responsible for the accident. I have seen a person get in a car crash and he ended up dying it makes me feel kind of bad that I did not do anything. so i would keep my eyes on the road at all times. If I had to text someone I would pull over, and answer the question, and then tell them to stop texting me while I'm driving

    May 24, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  33. Josh

    I think the sender is just as much as responsible for the accident as the receiver. You should know when your texting someone if they are driving. Even if it something really important it should wait. If you do get a text while driving ignore it untill you come to a complete stop or reach your destination.

    May 24, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  34. Caleb

    I say that it is the recievers fault, he could of just left his phone down at look at the message when he was at a safe location and not indangering others.

    May 24, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  35. Lindsay

    I think it is the drivers fault because it is their responsbility to keep their eyes on the road and stop texting. If the person you are texting knows you are driving, they should be able to wait and text you when you are off the road, but how do they know you are done driving and parked?

    May 24, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  36. Matthew

    The guy in the truck is the only one responsible because he had the phone and wasn't paying attention to the road.

    May 24, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  37. jodi

    I personaly think that the girlfriend should not be getting in trouble for texting her boyfriend. Maybe she didnt no that he was driving. He should be the only one getting in trouble. Because he knew that it was illegal and the wrong thing to do, bu he still did it anyways. For that reason i dont feel bad for him. Next time he should be more responsible on what he does in and out of the car. Also the girlfriend should ask what he is doing and if he is in the car she should either say "text me when your done." or just not text him back untill she is positive that he isnt driving to make sure nothing is going to happen and that it is safe.

    May 24, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  38. Michael

    It is both of their responsibilities. If the person texting the driver knows that he/she is driving they should have responsibililty for texting them. If its so important or and emergency just to text the person just call them instead because its faster.

    May 24, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  39. Kortney

    I recently lost a close friend from a car crash. It wasn't involving cell phones but, I believe that if you know someone is driving that you could just wait a few minutes to save a life or even a leg that it is smarter than sending it. Stay safe and off the cell phone when driving.

    May 24, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  40. Bradlee

    I say that the driver is fully responsible for reading the text message when he could have just waited for a safe time. The one who sent the message may have known that he was driving but by texting him instead of calling she can assume that he would wait for a safe time to read it.

    May 24, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  41. Michael

    In my opinion the person who is texting the person driving definitely deserves punishment if they knew that they were driving. The idea that the sender had no idea how the receiver would react is just plain ridiculous!!!

    May 24, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  42. Eric

    It depends on the situation if they are part of the crash or not. If the sender knows if the receiver is driving then they shouldn't send a text. Also, if the receiver still receives a text, then they should ignore it and continue on with their driving. If people do not know that they are driving, then it is fine as long as the receiver does not reply to it or read it.

    May 24, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
  43. Prem

    I think its wrong to text and drive, people can die from it.

    May 24, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
  44. Michael

    They both definitely deserve the punishment. The driver was distracted and the sender of the text had known that he was driving yet still felt the need to distract him with a text message.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  45. Lex

    I think that if the person you are texting nows that you are driving then it is their fault too. But it they dont know it is not their fault.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  46. Kurt

    I think that it is mostly the drivers fault. The driver knows how dangerous texting and driving is and knows there is a law against it. He should wait until he reaches his destination to respond. The person who is texting the driver should not because she knows he is driving. If it is an emergancy she should call him.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  47. Sean

    I think that if they do know that they are driving, then they should be charged as well as the driver. But if they didn't know that they were driving, then only the driver would be charged because technically the person who texted them would be doing it involuntarily. What would happen is that the driver would have to make a choice to answer the text or even look at it.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  48. Sierra

    I think that it's both the texters fault. They should both just pay up the cost of the damages they created. If it was me that was the one who caused the accident, I would say "I'm sorry." and would help them pay the medical bills, or anything else they lost from the accident.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  49. Michael

    I think the person who is responsible for it is the person who is driving because he's should WATCH WHERE HE'S GOING

    May 24, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  50. Emily

    I think that if you were not the one texting while driving, then you should not be punished for someone else's careless mistake. She was not in the car at the time. She also may not have known he was driving. Was she the one texting and driving? No. Should she be punished because somebody else was? I don't think so.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  51. Brian

    i think that the person who was texting and driving is to blame not the person who sent the text.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  52. Daniel

    Yes it should be counted as if his girlfriend was in the car with him. After all it was as if he had his eyes on "her" the whole time of the accident.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  53. Julie

    I think that the person driving should have been more careful. But I think that the person who started texting first should get the blame. The girl texting (not in the car) should only get the blame if she started the texting.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  54. Connor

    I think only the driver should be punished because hes the one doing whats illegal. Not the one thats not in the car.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  55. Ashlynd

    I think it is way the drivers fault because it is his responcibility to keep his eyes on the road. And How is the girl suppose to know that he was driving.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  56. Stephanie

    I believe that if you know someone is driving you shouldn't interrupt them. You can just wait for them to text you at a stop light or when they get home. The driver AND whoever they're texting is responsible, they know inside that they shouldn't be texting, lots of accidents can be avoided by just staying off the phone.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  57. Bonque

    I think they both should be severly punished. Thats only my opinion..

    May 24, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  58. Russell

    The driver is the ONLY person responsible because he/she willingly picked up their mobile device, when they should be looking at the road and not texting anyone, because it jepordizes your safety and the other people involved in the accident.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  59. Jarkardah

    Texting is bad on the road, people can die the peoples that lost their legs are responsible...

    May 24, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  60. michael

    both because he was not paying attenton to the road and then he all most killed the gay and the girl, that were an the motorcycleand thay lost there leg

    May 24, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  61. Giselle

    I think it is the boys fault , because well first of all why was he texting in the first place when he SHOULD have known to NOT answer a text or a phone call while he was driving.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  62. Dylan

    I think that the guy who was texting his girlfriend should be sued because there’s a law not to text and drive and he did exactly that.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  63. Kaydo

    I think that if you are fully aware that the person you are texting is driving, then you should share some of the blame if they were to cause an accident. They probably wouldn't be texting at all if if they hadn't been texted first. It is a chain reaction, and the best way to stop it is to stop the source. This is a serious problem and we need to start treating it like one.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  64. Jordan

    I think both the girl and the boy should be punished. The boy may have been the one who was driving the truck that hit the couple but the girl was the one who texted him, which made him lose concentration on driving which caused the accident.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  65. Noah

    I believe that the girl texting the guy should not get in trouble, even if she knows that he was driving the boy should not have been on his phone. Like the lawyer she has no control when happens after the text leaves the phone it’s the boys fault that he was looking at the text.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  66. Charlie

    I believe that those people that were riding the motorcycle are right about suing both the girl and the boy. Because the girl shouldn’t have been texting him, if she knew that he was driving home from work. Also, the boy shouldn’t have answered the text from her while he was driving, he could have pulled over and then answered he text.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  67. Alissa

    I think that the drivers responsible because they have the choice of texting back or not. They can wait until you get home to answer the text. It’s not the person who texted the drivers fault. No text is worth losing your life, so don’t text and drive.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  68. Austin

    I think that only the guy should get sued because it’s not the girls fault that he was texting her since he could of just waited until he got home to text her back. The girl might not have known that her boyfriend was driving because when most people ask “what are you doing” the person usually texts back saying nothing much. So how is the girl supposed to know if he was driving if he would of said nothing much. So that’s why I think the girl shouldn’t get sued.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  69. Amanda

    I think that the guy that was drunk driving should get sued but not the girl that was texting him. How is she supposed to know where he is at that exact moment. He could be at the gas station or going shopping. Also it was the guy's choice to answer the text; he doesn’t necessarily have to answer it. He could answer it when he gets home.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  70. Garrett

    The driver should be the one who is responsible, because the person they are texting may not know if they are driving or not. Also, the driver didn’t have to text back, he could have just waited until he was done driving.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  71. Maria

    I think the girl shouldn’t also be charged for the accident that her boyfriend got into from texting while driving. She didn’t know he was driving when she sent it. It was his decision to open the text while he was driving.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  72. April

    I believe it is only the driver’s responsibility because the girl might not have known he was driving home and who says he had to reply even if she did text him? The driver should be the only one sued not the other girl who was texting him.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  73. Danielle

    This issue of texting and driving is nationwide, but punishing someone who wasn't driving isn't right. The sender might not have known about her boyfriend driving if he didn't share that with her how is she supposed to know, so why should she be punished. Also it was the boyfriends choice to text her back. He simply could have said he would text her back after he was done driving but he didn’t and I don’t think the girlfriend should get punished for texting a person driving because it was his responsibility to be a safe driver, not hers.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  74. Alyssa

    The girlfriend should not be sued because it is the drivers fault. The girlfriend should not have responsibilities for causing the accident because many people do not know if they are driving or not. The driver had the choice to look at the text message and he decided to look at it.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  75. Drake

    I think it was also the girlfriends fault. She knew what time every day he came home from work. If the boyfriend had to stay after work or something he would of probably texted his girlfriend. If the girlfriend didn't text him the couple on the motorcycle wouldn't have gotten hit. Since they text everyday I'm pretty sure the girlfriend would have an idea of the boyfriend's schedule. So I think the girlfriend would now better and not text him while he was driving. So I think the girlfriend is fully responsible for the accident of the boyfriend and the couple.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  76. Angela

    I think only the driver should be responsible because his girlfriend had absolutely no control over what he did when he was driving. Nor do the police have any given proof that the girl even knew that she was driving.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  77. Hailie

    I think the other person should also be responsible because she knew he was getting out of work and its illegal to text while driving whereI am from and she is putting the driver in more danger.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  78. Emma

    I think that it is only the driver’s responsibility because it is their choice to answer the text and reply. If they cared about others safety and their own, they wouldn’t even open the message. Also the person who texted the driver may not have known they were on the road at the time.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  79. Mickayla

    I believe it is the driver who is ultimately responsible because they make the decision to text back. The nice thing about text messages, unlike a phone call, is they sit there as long as you want them to. When the driver texts back they are taking a risk, not the person who initially sent the message.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  80. Devon

    I think cops should be looking for people who text and drive and should pull them over. It is not good when people text and drive because it could cause car crashes. I think it is only the driver’s responsibility because the driver dos not have to pick up the phone while he is driving. They should be more responsible and keep their eyes on the road and follow laws.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  81. Taylar

    I think the man should get sued because, the man got the text and texted back it was his choice to text back and that is what caused the accident. And the girl should get sued "if" she knew he was driving and still texted him.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  82. laura

    85% of respondents who text while driving agree that texting while driving is a problem and .... That way, they won't be tempted to answer a text or answer the phone and if they want to .Save your self pull over if u have to txt or call someone .

    May 24, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  83. ASHLEY

    i think if someone knows whos driveing and they did that two those people they should be sweed me anf my friends played a jugde game and theres names are shannon sammi tori and i was the jude and we all agreeed that they should be swed

    May 24, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  84. Kaylee

    I dont think there should be any texting while driving and its for safety reasons and thats why its a law. If you text while driving then you could hurt someone and if the person you hurt pressed charges then you would have to pay alot of money. That is why it is against the law to text while driving.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  85. ethan

    i think if the person whos texting the driver knows he or she is driving they should know better than that.the driver should know better than to be texting also.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  86. Alexis

    I think the two shouldn't sue they girl that was texting the driver because she can't control where he was or what he was doing at the time that she sent that text. Only the guy should get sued because he opened and replied to the text. She can get sued if she is proven that she was texting him and knew he was driving

    May 24, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  87. chance

    I do not thyink that someone who is texting the person driving should be held responsible.Because it is not they're fault since they don't always know what the person is doing when they are being texted

    May 24, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  88. Cow

    I think the person who picked up the phone is guilty because he is willing to cheek the phone while he is driving

    May 24, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  89. Melody

    I think that the person texting the driver should get some of the blame because if you know that the person is driving, Why are you still texting them if you know that its illegal and could possibly kill your mom, loved one. friend, or family... That is seriously messed up. On the other hand if the person texting the driver does not know the person is driving then why should they get the blame?

    May 24, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  90. Gabriella

    I dont think it should be the person who wasnt drivings fault... Because the person who was driving should get full credit for driving into the person.... I personaly think the one driving needed to think about his actions...

    May 24, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  91. cas

    I think that the driver sould pull over and tell the person on the ground that they are driveing or not anser.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  92. gwinevere

    I think its not the persons falt if thay are texting the driver becasue its the drivers choce to text back and risk the danger.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  93. Samantha

    I think the person who got in the accident she be sued because that person should not look at the text until you come to a stop. I do think the person who texted him while driving should pay a little fine because he/she probably did know he was driving and that person knows the consequences to his actions.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  94. Logan

    The person who was texting the driver would be held with some responsibilty because if you know that they would be driving what is the need to text them if something like this could happen...?

    May 24, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  95. Dillon

    I don't think that both people should get sued the person he was texting didn't know that he was driving while texting even if she did its his fault that he was texting while driving not his girlfriends so he is the only one that should get sued.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  96. Faith

    what i think you should t be doing anything at all when you are driving. I think if the person you are texting and they know that you are driving they should also get into trouble. if the person you are texting does not know that you are driving they should not get in trouble.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  97. Mikaylah

    I don't think the guy that was driving should be able to sue the person who txted him. Its his fault he picked up the phone and started txting back its his choice.He could of had his girlfriend txt back the person who txted him.He also could of just waited until he got to where he was going.So its his fault he got in a accdent.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  98. anaoh

    What i think about texting while drive is very dangerous because my step dad has almost got in a car wreak because of that.But the person texting the driver should be sued for knowing the man was driving.but he should not read the text until he is at a complete stop.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  99. Shannon

    If anyone's wondering, I am a different Shannon... Anyways, I think that the person driving who was texting his girlfriend should have been more careful and thoughtful about what he was doing. He should have paid more attention to what he was doing. Driving with your elbows? REALLY??? I have seen far more sense than that. Also, I feel awful for that couple who lost a leg each, and the driver should help them out. I believe in justice and so far, I have seen very little about this situation. I hope, in the future, people will think things through with more sense.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  100. Sammi

    The person whose driving has alot of responsibility like 2/3 of it but the person who is texting on the other line has the last 1/3 of the responsibility, because they should know when that person is driving and they might be careless and just txt stupid stuff that doesn't matter, but the person who is driving should not keep texting them back unless it's to simply tell them to stop.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  101. Cameron

    I do not thik you shoud tex and drive.you can crash the car.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  102. skyla

    I think that the person who was driving should get in trouble for it and not the one that the person he or she was texting.Because the driver has the full oppurtunity just to ignore the text and wait untill they are done driving.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  103. sarah

    kids should not drive will texting well for one thing it's against the law and can injor others.Parents should tell there teens to never text will there driving.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  104. DEVEN!

    I think they both share the responsibility Shanon and her friend...Shanon should of told him to text me later and he should should of never took his eyes of the road

    May 24, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  105. Josalynne

    I don't think the person that was texting the person who was driving should be sued because she had no control of him or knowing he when he was driving but I do think the person who was driving should get sued because he knew it was wrong to text and drive.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  106. marvin

    I think that they both are responsible because the driver is watching the road and the passenger should be watching the road also.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  107. Gabriella

    People need to not text on their phone when their driving and people out their with cars don't pick up your phone when someone is calling you my sister don't do that when she drives and people look both ways after driving.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  108. Kymani

    I think that both of the people should be responsible

    May 24, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  109. Divontae

    both of them because the girl distracted him with a text so it is like you are in the car with him at the time that he hit them and they had to get a false leg

    May 24, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  110. Marie

    I think that Kyle is responsible for the accident, becausel I'm pretty sure Kyle knew you shouldn't text while your driving.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  111. Nyala

    The sender and retriever should share the responsibility because they know the consequences of texting and driving. If they need to talk to each other use hands-free.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  112. tori

    I think that the sender is responsible. Also i think whoever the sender sends to is important to because if there is somebody else in the car they could have them answer the text message or even the phone call. The person you text it might be the last thing they ever see before they die. So in the long run my opinoin is that people should wait till they stop driving to aswer a phone call or a text message.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  113. jophney

    Both are to blame for that thing that happened to them two adults. She should not had text him at that time when he was driving.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  114. Jamya

    Shannon was the one who was talking to Kyle so I think its her fault that he got in the accident she should not be talking to him in the first place.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  115. simone

    It is also the girls responsibility because she could have waited until he reached home.The sad part is that he crashed into the people have she ever heard that Texting and driving is dangerous.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  116. JAYLA

    I think that is is the driver is response because the texting is not that important.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  117. Kayla

    I think Kyle is the one that should be blamed. He is the one that should wait until he is not driving to text his girlfriend. But if she knew that he was driving and she sent him a text, then it would be her fault because texts can take your eyes off the road. You see how many young adults text and drive at the same time? Don't they watch or listen to the public service announcements? If not, they are the most inconsiderate people you will ever see other than the terrorists.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  118. mike

    kyle is responsibility for not keeping his eyes on the road he knew he was driving shannon knew that kyle was driving she should of wait until he got home so both are responsibility to pay the money 50 50 each

    May 24, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  119. matthew

    i think they should share the responsibility with the drive because the girl stated that she knew that the driver was probably heading home but they should know not to text and drive

    May 24, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  120. charlotte

    I think that Kyle is the one responsible because you should always have an eye on the rode you don't know if an animal is crossing the by and you would kill a harmless little living thing but i don't think that Kyles girlfriend should be responsible what so ever she did text him but he text back.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  121. Geovanni

    I think both people should responsibility because Shannen shouldn't text her boyfriend when he's driving and the boyfriend shouldn't be on his phone while driving.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  122. Ian

    i think they are both responsible because if she knows her boyfriend was driving then she shouldn't text him she should have just waited till he was out of the car safe and then text him because she knows he's going to text her back but still he's just as involved he should have waited until he arrived at his destination or pulled to the side of the road and then text her.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  123. Laura

    I think that they both should share the responsibility.The boy should know not to text and drive, and the girl knew that the boy was in the car so she could of wait until he came home.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  124. Monica

    The driver Kyle is responsible because your not suppose to text when you drive. If the girlfriend knew that he was driving this wouldn't happen at all.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  125. Gabriel

    I think Shannon and Kyle both share this case because, Shannon admits that she thought kyle was on the road witch he was and still texted him, and Kyle should have been paying attention to whats in front of him. shannon shouldn't have token the chance.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  126. Lakyah

    I think it is Kyle's responsible because he new he was not supose to drive and text.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  127. Austin

    I think the person who's driving is the person who is responsible for wrecks that they cause because their paying attention to their phone instead of the road so then they cause wrecks.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
  128. Mannie

    I think that the driver is responsible because the driver should now that he should not be texting while driving and that he should tell his girlfriend stop texting, and tell her I text you later

    May 24, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
  129. sophie

    i think that she SHOULD take some of the blame too. After all she was the person that was texting the person who was driving and dont you think that u should NOT text well driving after all it is against the law! So yes she should take ome of the blame.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
  130. Ashlie

    I think that the driver should take the guilt because he chose to view the text when he could have ignored it

    May 24, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
  131. Nicole

    I understand why they want to sue both who were texting, but I don't think you can say yes she knew he was driving. Even if they text everyday that does not mean she knew he was driving. Maybe she did know, maybe she didn't.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  132. sussy

    The driver is responsible because he should have been texting and driving in the first place because it is a illegal!!!

    May 24, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  133. Rohan

    In my perspective is both Kyle and Shannon should be blamed. The reason is that Shannon shouldn't be texting Kyle while hes driving. so the blame should be half and half. the laws need to be enfocred about texting and driving.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  134. Taylor

    I belive that if another person is texting someone driving and know it, they should be in part of the responsibility ecspecially if causes an incedent. It would be unfair if the person driving got all the blame, as long as the other person knew it was going on. If the person not driving does not know they should ask and have partial blame for the inncedent or breaking of the law as they contributed to the indecent. I believe that the person of injury such as in yesterdays story should be able to sew as i would and i believe many others would to, as the text-er was one of the main reasons a law was broken and/or the indecent happened.
    Plz do not put this part in the show but I needed to add more and fix some errors-Thxs your show is awesome!!!

    May 24, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  135. Will

    I believe that the person who is texting a driver does hold responceable for what rhe driver is texting back. J.ust like a bomber and a command station, the station does hold accuntable for those actions.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  136. Jake

    I think that the driver and his girlfriend were responsible for the crash. If they texted every day that means that she must have know that he was driving, but just ignored the things that could possibly happen to her boy friend. But, I mostly think that it was the drivers fault for not being able to just text her that he is in the car and is going to be home in a minute.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  137. Moecky

    I believe that both parties in the situation should be held responsible for the accident. The person texting the driver should have known better then to be texting the driver.If the two were dating as the video said the girlfriend must have known when her boyfriend got off of his shift.

    May 24, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  138. cheyenne

    The girl said she “might have known the driver was driving at that time”
    Therefore she should be responsible. The driver also decided to open the text. Therefore they both were responsible

    May 24, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  139. Matt

    The driver was more responsible than his girlfriend, but still his girlfriend is somewhat responsible. He should have thought about the fact that he could have indangered himself, and other people too. He could have ignored the text and if his girlfriend asks why he was ignoring her, it would be a acceptable excuse telling her that hes possibly saving lives not resonding. His girlfriend should have known he was driving home, if she texts him almost everyday, but she still decided to endanger lives and text him.

    May 24, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  140. Cierra

    I think they should both be responsible, especially if she knew he was driving. If she knew he was driving, she should never have texted him. But he is responsible, too. He had the choice to never even open the phone. A good analogy is, say, what if she was in the car with him and put her hands over his eyes. She is the one who made the first choice, but it’s as if he chose to leave her hands over his eyes. She could also have asked if he was driving. If she asked if he was driving, and he said yes, then she could have stopped texting. Now, I don’t know if she did that or not, but if she chose to keep texting after he said yes, then she is definitely as responsible as he is. He is also just as responsible because he could have told her he was driving, or just ignored the phone. She should take a lie detector test. That would solve this, as it all comes down to whether she is telling the truth or not. This accident should never have happened, and I’m sorry it did, but it could have been prevented.

    May 24, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  141. Dianeshia

    I think that the 19 year old's girlfriend isn't completely innocent in the situation but she doesn't have control over if her boyfriend decides to answer the text she "allegedy" sent to him. The guilt alone should be enough.

    May 24, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  142. Melena

    I think that the girl that text the boy should pay a little less than half,and the boy should pay a little more than half. Because the should not of open the text.

    May 24, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  143. Connor

    I think the girlfriend should be apart of the lawsuit. She tempted the boyfriend to answer the text. This is what caused the accident in the first place. Also if the girlfriend knew the boyfriend was driving, she should have been considerate of not only of his saftey, but the saftey of others.

    May 24, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  144. Braeden

    I think the girlfriend should not be sued because she has no control over wether or not the boyfriend answers. However, if she knew he was driving she should not text him.

    May 24, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  145. Angelina

    The person texting a person driving should be responsible. Even though the person driving knows that he/she shouldn't be texting the other person is basicly influcing the driver to pick up their phone and text them back. So the person influcing the driver is just as guilty as the driver texting.

    May 24, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  146. Julia

    I believe that the driver and the person texting the driver both share responsibility because, the person who is texting the driver most likely knows the driver is texting, and the driver should know not to text and drive.

    May 24, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  147. Xavier

    I think it is right that they are going to sue them. It's not right at all.
    The case should not be dismissed. I hope the teenagers get sued.

    May 24, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  148. Maria

    No, the sender does not have responsibility due to how the reciever takes and does with the message, the sender isn't the one on the road.

    May 24, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  149. Maria

    The sender wasn't the one on the road, the one who recieves it should know better. Its not the responsibility of the sender how the reciever does with it.

    May 24, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  150. Tri-Minh

    I am thinking it is both because driver was the one to start this responsibility while driver from someone else was the one to keep distracted. They are all responsible for ignite this event. They should know the law before they can really mature to drive.

    May 24, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  151. Alexandra

    It's like if someone jumped off a bridge, would you do it to?

    May 24, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  152. Julia

    I personally think that the driver should be responsible for the accident because he the choice of whether or not to read the message or not. He should've made the right decision and should have ignored the text messages, even if it was his girlfriend.

    May 24, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  153. Ayee !

    I think that its not really the girls fault. The driver should have never texted her back. sooo YEAH BUDDYY ! ❤

    May 24, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  154. Stephanie

    I say that the "text receiver" might not have been his girl friend could have been a friend. Also why did that man move he said he saw the car coming straight for him. Common sense he could have moved to the next lane then turn around the guy.

    May 24, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  155. Amena

    I think the driver and his girlfriend should be sued because it's against the law and he should watch where he is going. 🙂

    May 24, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  156. Anita

    I think both the guy and the girl should be sued because the guy was texting while he was driving,made the decision to text her, and the girl was texting him knowing that he was driving.

    May 24, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  157. Stephanie

    I feel that the person driving and his girlfriend should be sued because if she knew that he was coming back from work and was possibly the one driving, then she shouldn't have texted him.But I also feel like the guy should have move too if he saw that the person texting was swerving and not paying attention to the road instead of the guy just staying in his lane like he wanted the person to smash into him.

    May 24, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  158. person

    I think its the man who was drivings fault because he wasnt payning attention not gf because its his actions to respond not hers!!!

    May 24, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  159. christopher

    i think they should both be responsible

    May 24, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  160. Emily

    I believe that if the person sending the text knows or even thinks that the receiver will be driving, then yes, it is their fault! This guy's girlfriend must have known when he got off work. Even if she "may have known" she shouldn't send a text to someone who could be easily distracted on the road. So yes, I believe she should be held responsible for part of the accident. If she hadn't sent him a text him, then he wouldn't have been distracted.

    May 24, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  161. james

    Yes,the person that is texting the driver of a car is also responsible because they can cause the driver to get in an accident and they are the one that is texting the driver while they are on there way home or going to a store.

    May 24, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  162. Alex

    I think both should get sued

    May 24, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  163. Jade

    I think his girlfriend should have know that he was driving aand should not have texted him. I also think that the guy driving should have kept his phone in the passenger seat or in a cupholder, anywhere but his hands. He could have killed two inocent people. Both of them have the responsability to not text while driving.

    May 24, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  164. grace

    i think that the person texting the person while driving should be equaly blamed because they probally know that there driving and if they text them even if its really important they should know that while there texting they could be putting the preson there texting in danger and themselves in danger for a lawsuit

    May 24, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  165. Kit

    Texting is, in some states, illegal when driving...not texting a person who is driving. Somebody who is driving should be responsible enough to know not to answer their phone or text back. The person texting them should not need to suffer any consequences because they do not always know when the other person is driving or not, not to mention it is not their fault or responsibility anyway.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  166. Ardin

    The person who is texting someone who is driving is responsible because everyone knows driving while texting is
    dangerous.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  167. Reagan

    I think that both should get sewed. His girlfriend knew that he was driving and should have waited to text him when he got home and off the road, but he should not have been texting while driving in the first place.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  168. jen

    i think that the person you are texting is also respondable.The reason why is because in the problem the person that the driver was texting know that he was driving and texting and also knew it is lillegal.So therefor the person he was texting is respondable.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  169. Seth

    The responsibility of someone driving is held accountable by the driver, but it should also go without saying if you know someone is driving, you probably shouldn't try to contact them through texting. I believe fault lies in both the driver and the texter.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  170. Jordan

    I think that both of them are resposible because you see it every were dont use the phone while driving and if she talks to him every day then she should know what he is doing most of the time and she just didnt know or didnt care.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  171. sarah

    I certainly think that the person who is texting the 19 year old boy is evolved because she already knew that he was driving and she kept on texting him ..... i think she should be responsible in the lawsuit (:

    May 24, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  172. Lucy =)

    It depends on HOW the people are texting. If someone who wasn't driving texted someone they knew was driving, it's mainly their fault. If the driver was bored and decided to text to pass the time, it is mostly their fault. So, it's a 50-50 blame action.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  173. Sabrina

    The person who's texting the driver knows that they're driving. They know that they're taking a huge risk, but they just care that they're talking.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  174. Sabrina

    The person who's texting the driver knows that they're driving. They know that they're taking a huge risk, but they just care that they can talk with their friend.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  175. Robin

    Isn't it obvious? The girl who sent a text to her boyfriend and the boy who sent the text back. The girlfriend was the Cause and her boyfriend was the Effect. If the boy was more responsible, he would've waited till he stopped an area where he won't disturb anyone. That also means not to text at a stop light.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  176. Skyler

    I think the driver is the only one responseable. The driver had a choice to text back his girlfriend should not be held responseable I think the people who lost thier legs are just trying to get there money back so they can get more insurence and a new motorcycle.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  177. Melanie

    Hi! Yes some of the class thinks that they both share responsability and some of the class members think that only the driver is responsible.
    To make it safer and easier on you, put your phone in the back seat or trunk so you won't be tempted to text. Thank you!

    May 24, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  178. Alfonso

    First of all, a responsible driver should never text whatsoever, regardless. Even though the 19-year-old man's girlfriend texted him, it's not her fault mainly because the driver simply could have waited because theirs always a time and place for everything, however driving isn't one of them.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  179. Bailey

    I don't think that would be a good idea. Many kids could be put in danger if the two texting parents or teenagers are texting while driving. However I think that you shouldnt text someone that you know is on the road or that would put them and their oncoming car in danger!

    May 24, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  180. Annie

    I think if the person no's that the texter is driving they should both take part of the concenqences because they deserve it. They shouldn't even text while driving in the first place.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  181. Mike

    I don't think she's to blame. I mean, obviously he was, becuase he was at the wheel. But I think it's not her fault. He never had to pick up his phone and text her back. It's his fault.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
    • Tyler

      Yeah, she didn't do anything but text her boyfriend. She didn't necessarily know that he was driving. It's all on Kyle, so it's really unfair that the couple is suing both of them.

      May 24, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  182. Chrissy

    If the person texting the driver knows the person is driving, then they are also responsible for what happens. I mean if you know someone is driving you are ultimately are putting them and other drivers on the road in trouble. It's a double fault here the sender for sending when they know the receiver is driving and it's the receiver's fault for opening the message and also opening their self the the grave dangers of texting and driving.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  183. Nathan

    I think only the driver should be sued because he didnt have to reply to the text message

    May 24, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  184. Amanda

    I think the girl that texted the driver because it is not the drivers fault.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  185. billy

    texting while driving is not a smart thing to do. I think you should wait till you get home or wait till you stop at a stop light and to text them to text them later.

    May 24, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  186. Grady

    I think both should be in trouble because the driver knew that he should not text on the road.

    May 24, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  187. Justice

    I think they should both be in trouble. They both know that they shouldn't text on the road. She knew her boyfriend was on the road.

    May 24, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  188. Ben

    Both should be sued because the woman knew that her boyfriend was in his car. The man should not have answered his text while he was driving on the road.

    May 24, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  189. Ernest

    I think the sender is to blame because he/she is the reason the driver is looking at the message and not at the road.

    May 24, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
  190. billy

    texting while driving is not a good thing to do. I think that if we get a text while driving,we shoud stop and wait till a red light,then you should tell them to wait till you get home and you will text them back.

    May 24, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  191. Kylie

    I understand why the people would want to sue both the driver and the person who sent the text, but I don't really think it's fair. It was the driver's choice to pick up his phone and text back while he was driving, not hers. And anyways, there isn't a law against texting someone who's driving.

    May 24, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  192. Madison

    People need to learn that driving is dangerous altogether but while texting and driving could risk your life. Think about it you shouldn't looks your life just for a phone!

    May 24, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  193. Eva

    If the person who's texting the driver knows he is driving they should STOP!! Do they not understand this might cause accidents and deaths. I believe texting while driving is completely wrong. Just do it when your hands are free.Anyway not everybody can multitask. 🙂

    May 24, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  194. Gabe

    I can see how they can blame her because she knew he was driving but they cant sue both of them because it was his fault for respawning to his own girlfriend its just wrong if they let the motorcyclest sue both of them

    May 24, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  195. Alejandro

    The boyfriend should get into deep trouble for what he had caused and breaking the law for texting while driving but the girlfriend shouldn't get in trouble because she doesn't know her boyfreind was driving.

    May 24, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
    • Ariana

      well– we don't know that for sure. In fact– I believe that Carl said the girl had said she was aware of his schedule....

      May 27, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  196. Sabrina

    I think it's the 19 year old's fault because it's illegal to text and drive, but I do agree that his girlfriend shares some of the blame, only if she knew that he was driving. If she didn't know, then they should've just sued the guy driving, and not the girlfriend.

    May 24, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  197. Allison

    I think that it is both of their faults. If the person texting the driver knew that the driver was driving he/she shouldn't have texted the driver. However, the driver should't have answered the text.

    May 24, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  198. Mrs. Sparks Class

    In our class today, after watching this segment we held a debate with our very bright students. Students all agreed that the boyfriend was responsible but the debate was over whether the girlfriend should be liable as well. In the beginning, out of 17 students, only four felt that it was ultimately the driver's responsibility and the girlfriend should not be held liable. It was very fun and interesting to watch and listen to the students evidence they used to support their opinions regarding the subject and it was neat to see some students persuaded to switch sides. Here is some of the ideas and opinions of the students:
    "No (she should not be held responsible too), because it was the driver's action to text while driving. He was not paying attention and hit the people on the motorcycle. Even if she knew he was driving and texting she couldn't have been controlling him or the vehicle."
    "Yes (she should be held responsible too), because she knew he was getting home from work. If she had not been texting him he might have not hit the poor people."
    "No, because the driver could have just not answered the phone or pulled over. She cannot control what the driver chooses to do."
    "Yes, because she was the cause of the distraction for him. If she had not been distracting him, he probably would not have crashed."
    "No, the phone is like a radio and you wouldn't sue the radio station for distracting you and causing a crash." "If a radio was a distraction you would turn it off, so he should have turned off his phone because that was his distraction."
    "Yes, because the girl probably knew that he was coming home and she could have stopped texting him."
    "No, because he could have told her he was driving and stopped texting, his eyes should have stayed on the road the whole time."
    After a very strong discussion and debate between both sides many students opinions changed and by the end the majority of the students felt that the girlfriend was not responsible and responsibility ultimately rested on the driver.

    May 24, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  199. Mattison

    I think that they should be able to sue both of them because if she has been with him long enough she would have known when he gets out of work so she probably texted him while he was leaving or he texted her to start a conversation if he was leaving work he should have no ttexted her an she should have not responded because she knew he was out of work !

    May 24, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
  200. Morgan

    If they know that you're driving then they are equally, if not more, responsible. However, if they have no idea that someone is driving, they shouldn't be held responsible. Bottom line is, don't use your phone. In 2008, nearly 6,000 people died and more than 500,000 were injured nationwide in crashes that resulted from drivers using a cell phone or engaging in other distracted behavior (even bluetooth headsets!).

    May 24, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  201. Christina

    The person who is driving picks and chooses when they should read their messages. The sender does not demand that the driver should read it at that second. So, it is the drivers fault if he/ she chooses to read and respond to a text while driving.

    May 24, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  202. Jordan

    I think that the driver has full responsibility because they did not have to respond to the text that they got. The driver could of waited to respond back to the sender at a stop light or at home.

    May 24, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
  203. Jimmy

    well it should be the drivers fault because its his responsibly to keep his eye on the road.

    May 24, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
  204. Sabrina

    I say it's the driver that should get sued but if the person the driver was texting did know he was driving, then that person shares some blame too but should not but sued because she wasn't the one that was texting and driving.

    May 24, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
  205. Jada

    the person who was texting the driver has nothing to do with it. It was the drivers choice to actually answer back

    May 24, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
  206. Jada

    if the person who texted the driver knew they were driving they shouldn't have texted in the first place.

    May 24, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
  207. ty

    people shouldn't be texting went driving

    May 24, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
  208. Robyn

    I feel like the person texting the driver holds responsibility if he/she knew the circumstances. If, on the other hand, said driver did not tell their correspondent that they he/she was driving, and the person had no way of knowing, the driver should be held responsible for any damage done and for providing (or lack thereof) false information to a citizen.

    May 24, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
  209. Allie

    I personally think that the driver is the person ultimately responsible. Yes, the other texter should know that the other person was driving, but it's the drivers decision to pick up the phone and read the message.

    May 24, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
  210. Katelyn

    I think that if they know that the persons driving that they shouldn't text them. All though can't say anything because my aunt does it. But I'm not saying that its ok for her to do it, and other not.

    May 24, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
  211. J-Ann

    I think that the person who is texting while not in the car is responsible because if they know that the other person is driving they are pretty much in the car texting and driving themselves.

    May 24, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
    • Karlee

      That is a wonderful way to put it.

      May 24, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
  212. Shane

    Its only the drivers fault! The driver should of done the responsible thing and put his/her phone away while driving, its the drivers fault for answering the text. We cant blame the person texting the driver for the driver's mistake in responding to it. The driver should have some common sense in wether to text someone back or to just put his phone away til he is at home.

    May 24, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
    • Karlee

      Honestly, they said she knew so she is just as much to blame.

      May 24, 2012 at 8:04 pm |
  213. Yeo

    I think the driver who is texting should take the ultimate blame although the person who knew the other person texting was guilty too.

    May 24, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
  214. Tori

    In my opinion it is the drivers responsibility to wait or to pull off to the side of the road to text the sender. I can see if the sender knows that the driver is driving then it would also be their responsibility, but if the sender didn't know how could you also blame it on them? I know for me when I'm texting someone I always ask first if they are driving this way if they are I tell them to text me when they are not driving.

    May 24, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
  215. Travis

    It shouldnt be the other persons falt because you should never text and drive, it can lead to injuries

    May 24, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
  216. Katilina

    I think that the girlfriend IS the blame. Reason #1, she knew he was driving. #2, She WAS texting him knowing he WAS driving.

    May 24, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
    • ronna

      girl that is right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      May 28, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
  217. Iva

    I believe that it is ultimately the driver's responsibility. The driver's only responsibility when driving is TO DRIVE. Yes, I think the person who the driver is texting should not be texting them, knowing that they are driving...but at the same time the driver just needs to make the right decision to ignore incoming texts when driving. 

    May 24, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
  218. Caroline

    It is more the driver's fault than than the sender's. The driver is the one who choses to read the text. The driver could read the text while at a red light, or while in traffic. The person who is operating the vehicle should turn their phone on silent while driving, so that they won't get distracted.

    May 24, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
  219. Jessie

    i think its the driver's responsibility because the driver should NEVER text while driving and the person who is texting him might not notice that he was driving. So he should make good decision and ignore or turn off his phone when he drives.

    May 24, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
    • Dylan

      Agreed!

      May 25, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
  220. Ayush

    I think that texting is really bad thing when you are in a car driving. I think the driver should have more knowledge to think what is right or wrong. They should just stop on the side of the the street. Whoever was driving must have to get a ticket because it is also illegal to drive and text. I feel really sorry for the couple that lost one of their leg because a person was texting while driving

    May 24, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
  221. Alexis

    I believe that it was both their faults. The girlfriend KNEW that he was driving home but its also his fault because he was the person who kept the conversation going.

    May 24, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
  222. Kylie

    I think that the sender should not be sued. Even if it the sender knew the person was driving it was the driver who should know not to text while driving. If it was an emergency the driver should have pulled over to text and not hurt others.

    May 24, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
  223. Elora

    It is the driver's responsibility to know not to drive and text. If his girlfriend knew that he was driving, she could also be blamed. But until all the facts are straightened out, no one can be proven guilty!

    May 24, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
  224. Easton

    I think that she isn't responsible because she probably didn't know where her boyfriend was. From my experiences with texting, I don't really tell the other person where I am.

    May 24, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
  225. micaela

    I really think that the girl who was texting the 19 year-old guy shouldn't be in in the lawsuit. This may have been a mistake on her part because they claim that she knew he was driving, but it was the boy who should have known to stop texting...especially since it was against the law.

    May 24, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
  226. Hunter

    I believe that the sender should be more aware that if there is even the slightest chance of the receiver driving they should not send the text that could end or ruin lives.

    May 24, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
  227. Kody

    I think that message sender is at fault. If she had not been texting the driver would not have crashed into them.

    May 24, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
  228. Wisdom

    I think the person who is texting the driver shares responsibility because if you know the driver is driving, why would you risk their lives by having them text you back? You are responsible for that driver's life, because you know they are driving and you still instigate the conversation. The driver is mainly responsible, but the person texting the driver still shares the responsibility.

    May 24, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
  229. Taylor

    I think that the person should not even be texting while driving. They should not have picked up there phone if they were driving. They should have waited until they parked or stopped driving to answer the text.

    May 24, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
  230. Christian

    I think the driver is most responsible. It's against the law to text while driving so he was not following the law. Like what this driver did, you could get in an accident. It was the drivers fault. He should have just turned off his phone

    May 24, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
  231. Marissa

    I think that both the teenagers are to blame. The girl IS partially responsible. It's a sad story for both the teenagers and the couple who was hit, though. Of course the couple suffered more from the incident, but the teenagers now have to live with that and possibly be sued because of the incident. But, this is a lesson to be learned. Obviously, if someone is driving, and you are aware of that, you shouldn't text them. Also, if you are driving, you obviously shouldn't answer your texts.

    May 24, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
  232. Ryder

    A sender of a message may influence someone while they are driving, but the sender is not at fault regardless of wether the one receiving the message is driving or not. The sender may have been a sort of influence, but still the sender cannot control the driver's actions. The driver could have easily just answered later while not driving.

    May 24, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
  233. Jayson

    I think that if the girlfriend knew that the boyfriend was driving the car and also if she started the texting from the begging i think it would probably be both of their faults due to them probably knowing that there is a law against texting while driving then it would be their fault.

    May 24, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
  234. Colin

    I think that if you are the one texting the driver, then it should be illegal. But if someone is texting you when they are driving, you can't really do anything about it before it is too late.

    May 24, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
  235. Haylie

    I think that if someone knows a person is driving and then texts them it is also their fault because, they know texting is against the law, and it also puts that person in danger. But, i do not think it is as much their fault as the person who is driving.

    May 24, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
  236. Sydney

    Only the driver should be responsible for the accident. The driver has the choice to check their phone or leave it alone. But the person who is texting the driver should restrain from texting them if they know they are driving. The driver is responsible for their actions.

    May 24, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
  237. Olga

    I think that it is both of their responsibilities. His girlfriend knew that he was driving. She also knew that texting and driving is against the law. If she knew that then why was she texting him? All she is doing is making her boyfriend break the law. Now what kind of relationship is that?

    May 24, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
  238. Joelle

    I think that it shouldn't be the girlfriends fault too, because if she was texting her boyfriend who was driving, then I think it should be her boyfriends fault for responding to her while driving. I think it would be smarter if he'd waited to respond to her text after he got out of his car.

    May 24, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
  239. Batman

    I feel like they are both responsible because they were both texting at the time of the crash.

    May 24, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
  240. Lauryn

    I think the driver should take full blame because the driver may sometimes text first, knowing full well that they could get [someone] injured. Also, if the non-driver texts first, it is the driver's decision whether or not to check the text or even answer.

    May 24, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
  241. Ruth

    If the guy's girlfriend knew he was driving then it is partly her fault for what happened. I don't think people should be texting while driving anyways because it can cause car crashes and is dangerous.

    May 24, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
  242. Wisdom

    I think the person who is texting the driver shares responsibility because if you know the driver is driving, why would you risk their lives by having them text you back? You are responsible for that driver's life, because you know they are driving and you still continue the conversation. The driver is mainly responsible for responding, but the person texting the driver still shares the responsibility for continuing, if not instigating the conversation.

    May 24, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
  243. Natalie

    I think that it is the the drivers fault because he should be responsible and know that it is against the law to text and drive. Since he broke the law he should be blamed for the terrible motorcycle accident. The driver should know when it is appropriate to pick up your phone and in a car is definitely not the right place.

    May 24, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
  244. vinnie

    people who are texting and driving at the same time is very dangerous.i think we should all stop driving while texting.

    May 24, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
  245. Mary

    I definitely think that she is at fault for knowing that he was driving home, but I don't think that she should be charged for his actions. He is the one at fault because he can decide if he wants to respond to her text or not, so he should be the only one charged.

    May 24, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
  246. Preston

    I feel that it is right. They are both at fault and should share in the responsibility. The driver is responsible because he chose to text while driving. I think the texter is responsible since she "may have known". If she "may have known" she should have not texted him. Also the average person would take the safe route if someone they loved could have been hurt. She was the driver's girlfriend and should have been worried about the well being of the driver... So even if they did not directly cause something bad to happen, they should still be held responsible. However, this is a case of "would have, could have, should have. If someone should have done something or would have done something the outcome would be unknown. This means that if anyone did some unimportant action that could have affected the outcome should they be held responsible?

    May 24, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
  247. Kai

    I think the person who is texting the one driving has just as much responsibility as the one texting in the car if he or she knows that the person is driving then. If the one who is not driving does not know he or she is driving then the one driving should turn off the phone and not answer. So, in a way it depends if they are responsible or not but, the driver should always make good desicions.

    May 24, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
  248. Kassie

    I believe that their both responsible, but It is more the drivers fault because if he reciaved the message he shouldnt have responded in the first place. The driver should have waited to talk to his girlfriend when he got home. So it is more the drivers fault

    May 24, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
  249. Hannah

    I think the girl is innocent, she didn't do anything wrong. it's not like she knew he was driving. unless you can prove she knew it is not her fault!

    May 24, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
  250. Mercedes

    I think that the text sender should not be held accountable, the text sender probably intended of the receiver to pull over or at least wait until the car can come to a stop or park. The sender isn't in charge of the receiver's actions, so the sender should not be held guilty,therefore it was the receiver's actions that hit the couple.

    May 24, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
  251. Rhett

    I think the girl should be charged she knew he was driving but the boy shouldn't be charged the girl shouldn't be texting him if the boy was smart he wouldn't have replied to her text.I feel sorry for those people

    May 24, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
  252. uney

    I think that texting is a really bad thing to do when you are in a car driving,or walking or anything else that can cause to death or hurt. And I think that the driver and the woman that was texting him should have knew that he was driving or the man should have told her that he was driving and he will respond later of he could have pulled over.

    May 24, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
  253. Brooke

    The person who is texting the driver from somewhere else does share the responsibility because they were the one the driver was texting, so it is basically their fault. They should have known the driver was currently driving and not to text him. If the driver would not have been texting, the crash wouldn't have happened.

    May 24, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
  254. Jada

    why would you drive while texting anyways if its that important go to the side of the road and park until your finished

    May 24, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
  255. Ty

    I think both of them should be resposible. Lets say you text them and they answer and cause a wreck. First, they made the careless mistake of answering while driving. But if you didn't send the text in the first place, the driver wouldn't have crashed.

    May 24, 2012 at 7:57 pm |
  256. Lizzy

    I think that it is wrong to be texting someone if you know they are driving, but i do not think it should get those consequences. Ultimately it is the choice of the driver to look at the text while driving.

    May 24, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
  257. Jada

    I think the saftey of other people are alot more important than texting a friend

    May 24, 2012 at 7:59 pm |
  258. Karlee

    I think the person who is driving should be ULTIMATELY punished, and if the one who is texting the driver knows that person is driving, then they should definitely be punished as well. I think that the 2 people that gor hurt have a right to sue them.

    May 24, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
  259. Meagan

    She should be just as responsible because if she was his girlfriend and texted him everyday then she would know his schedule and that he was driving. Also he could have ignored the text message or pulled over and replied. So both of them are just as guilty as on another.

    May 24, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
  260. Dettmer

    The person who was driving the car has full responsibility. He or she has the choice whether or not to open the text when driving.

    May 24, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
  261. Dhareya

    I think both the driver and the girlfriend should be sued because driving while texting is illealge it can cause many deaths if something is not done

    May 24, 2012 at 8:14 pm |
  262. Christine

    The driver has the most responsibility since he was the one to look at his phone and therefor took credit for his actions. I'm sure that he's heard of accidents happening like this and so he wasn't clueless about what situation his careless motions would have caused.

    May 24, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
  263. Maile

    I think she should not be sued because she might have known if hes driving or not but its his responsibility to decide weather or not to reply. If he was driving and got a text he should have ignored it.

    May 24, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
  264. Sara

    The person who is texting the driver from somewhere else should be partially responsible if they know the person is driving. But the driver should be most responsible for everything because they are the people breaking the law by texting and driving. But I think both people should be responsible because the person texting the driver is "helping" to break the law.

    May 24, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
  265. Jada

    Texting on the road is a horrible thing to do in general,but your also putting other peoples lives in danger because of that

    May 24, 2012 at 8:19 pm |
  266. Maddie

    If the person that was texting the driver was having a conversation with the person, and it was more then one text message, then she should be punished. If she knew he was driving at the time, that is also her fault because she is responsible for distracting the driver. If it was just one message, it isnʻt her fault because she didnʻt know when he would read it, and she had no control over when he would answer.

    May 24, 2012 at 8:19 pm |
  267. Candice

    I think that it is both the driver and the person who wrote the texts are at fault. If the texter knew that the person hey were texting was driving, then it is half her fault for even distracting the driver of the car, especially if the ringer is on. But, it is also the driver's fault. It is illegal in many states to drive while texting or using the phone, and it was his judgement to pick up the phone and text back.

    May 24, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
  268. Christopher

    I think it is the driver's fault for texting back to his girlfriend. He had a choice to wait to see the text until he was done driving instead of being impatient and seeing what his girlfriend texted him while he was driving. He should've ignored the text until he reached his destination.

    May 24, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
  269. Alex

    I agree that the person texting the driver has some responsibility. If that person knows the person they're texting is driving, they should immediately stop. There is plenty of time to text at another time, just not on the road. By not texting, people don't put others' lives as well as their own in jeopardy.

    May 24, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
  270. Cassidy

    I think that texting while driving is a very bad thing. The driver is the most responsible for texting while driving because that person should have not texted while driving. But, the person who was the person texting the driver should be telling the driver not to text if that person was aware that the person was driving. They should both take responsibility is the person texting the person driving is aware that he/she is driving at the time.

    May 24, 2012 at 8:21 pm |
  271. Cameron

    I think that his girlfriend had as much of fault as the driver did. His girlfriend was FULLY aware of him driving and knew the threats of it. She should be sued and so should the driver. The injured couple has every right to sue the driver AND his girlfriend.

    May 24, 2012 at 8:21 pm |
  272. Anthony

    I think both people are at fault because she knew he was driving and she still chose to text him and the driver chose to look at the text instead of ignoring it till he got home. So both people are guilty.

    May 24, 2012 at 8:21 pm |
  273. Mason

    Both of the m should have the responsibility because that person is what caused the accident in the first place. However the person who is texting the driver should be notified if the driver is driving at the time.

    May 24, 2012 at 8:21 pm |
  274. Jada

    Both sides are right the driver shouldn't have been texting while driving in the first place and most importantly not on the road but if the person on the other side of the text new that they were driving they should have stoped right then and there

    May 24, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
  275. Nicole

    Yes, I think that the person texting the driver is also responsible because they should know that texting when driving is illegal. Plus, why would they want the driver to get hurt? If they want them safe, than they wouldn't text them . They know the risks of texting while driving, so it is also their fault for the crashes and accidents.

    May 24, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
  276. Candice

    I think it is both the fault of the driver and the texter. If the texter knew the driver's schedule, then it was her judgment to text the driver and distracting him, especially if the ringer was on. But, it was also the fault of the driver because it was his judgment to pick up the phone. He could have ignored it.

    May 24, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
  277. Raymond

    I think the girl that texted the guy that was driving should not have been sued for texting her boyfriend. She was not in the car, and did not physically make contact with the driver, so why should she be responsible for him reading texts on his phone? It is not the drivers girlfriend fault that he crashed, because she cant control what he does on his phone.

    May 24, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
  278. Sammi

    I think that if the driver's girlfriend knew that he was driving, she should know better than to put him and other innocent people at risk. Though I understand it was the driver's choice to look at the text while he was driving, he wouldn't have needed to look at anything if there wasn't any message.

    May 24, 2012 at 8:24 pm |
  279. Kaylyn

    I think that the person who is sending the text message is also responsible if they know that the person who they are sending the message to is driving. I think this because if the sender did not send the message to the driver in the first place, then the driver would not get distracted and they would keep their eyes on the road.

    May 24, 2012 at 8:24 pm |
  280. Riley

    I think that the couple has every right to sue the both of them. As he said in the video, the girlfriend probably knows his schedule. So, it might've been a smart choice for the girlfriend to not send the text message. I think that the person that sent it is responsible, but the driver had the choice to check his phone or not.

    May 24, 2012 at 8:25 pm |
  281. Trent

    I think that the person who texts you should not take the responsibility because they don't know where the person is at that time or the text er ask the person where he or she is.

    May 24, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
  282. Katie

    I don't think the person texting the driver should be blamed. How can they prove that she knew he was driving? She did nothing wrong, and the man knew it was wrong to text and drive, so why did he do it? He's the one who should be punished.

    May 24, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
  283. Jonah

    I think that the person who sends the text isn't responsible because people can text someone whenever they want, it's the drivers responsibility weather or not he/she decides to answer it.

    May 24, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
  284. cole

    I think that texting is really bad when you are in your car driving. Because its like your not driving with your eyes open and that your trying to get in a car crash. Also if the texter and the responser were texting each other I think it would only be the drivers fault because he did not have to answer his phone wile driving and he could have just waited till he got to his house were ever he was going he could have checked his phone when he stopped.

    May 24, 2012 at 8:27 pm |
  285. Leia

    I think that it is both of their faults, the girl who the driver was texting and the driver. I can be the receivers fault because if she knew that he was in the car texting she should have told him to stop texting although, if she had sent it earlier and then he got in the car and responded it was his fault not hers. It is the drivers fault because it was his choice to pick up the phone and respond to the message. If the driver really wanted to respond, he could have pulled over to check the message.

    May 24, 2012 at 8:27 pm |
  286. Jonathan

    I think that the person who was texting should be responsible for his actions, I believe that what he did was not smart and frankly could be avoided, but the girlfriend being sued is not fair at all. The girlfriend has no control of when where and how someone reads there text. If the people who are suing are really distresed and they can't do much they should sue the boy who did this. It dose look like the man who got hit is doing fine and I think that if the girl who sent the text gets sued it could be a domino effect where almost every case with a crash involving texting, I think that this is a horrible tragic event but suing the person who sent the text is I think the person who is suing just wants more money.

    May 24, 2012 at 8:27 pm |
  287. Lia

    I think that it is the drivers fault. When someone is driving and they get a text, it is the drivers decision to answer or check the phone. The driver should know better than texting while driving. It is hard to know when someone is driving and you text them.

    May 24, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
  288. DANIEL

    Yes and No the other person has no idea if the person there texting is driving.But then again if the oter person said im about to drive and they keep texting and the person driving text back the it both of there fault

    May 24, 2012 at 8:49 pm |
  289. Adam

    If I were in her shoes and i did not know my friend was driving i would have said "I did not know he was driving"
    but instead she said "I may have know" that probably means she did know if she did not have the confidence to directly state that she did not know. But the boy should still take like 80% of the responsibility.

    May 24, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
  290. Florence

    Even thought the driver's girlfriend knew he was driving home on the winding road she shouldn't be texting him. The Husband and wife who were hit should be put the lawsuit against the driver because his girlfriend didn't know any on-coming cars were there at the time and she can't control when the driver read the messages and think it's unfair to blame the one who is texting to the driver.

    May 24, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
  291. sammy

    i think that there doing the right job. because you shouldnt text anyone no matter what, and the texter should have watched the road , and the person he was texting should of asked if he was in the car and plus the people who got hit lost a leg, so why not put a law suit.

    May 24, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
  292. Noah

    I think that not only is the driver ultimately responsible for this crime, but also the receiver. If the receiver knows the driver is texting while driving, the receiver should tell the driver to not text or pull over. The driver and the receiver are irresponsible if they keep texting. The driver should pull over if it is a really important to text or call.

    May 24, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
  293. Meghan

    When you get behind the wheel you should know not to text. When you pick up the phone you are putting not only your life, but others lives at risk. If you know that the receiver of your message is driving and it is not an emergency then you should wait. Although, she should not be held responsible for the drivers mistake. He took it upon himself to pick up the cell phone. If anyone is in legal trouble it should be the driver.

    May 24, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
  294. Emma

    i think its both of their fault. because the person driving knew he was on the road and the person he was texting was electronically there like the news said no matter if the person he was texting was there or not should be sewed too

    May 24, 2012 at 9:07 pm |
  295. Anna

    The driver should be sued because he choose the read the messages.

    May 24, 2012 at 9:07 pm |
  296. Jared

    It's unfair the girlfriend.

    May 24, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
  297. Ruby

    They should both be sued due to them texting back and forth wail she knew he boyfriend was driving home at the time.

    May 24, 2012 at 9:11 pm |
  298. sammy

    they both should be seued because 1 she should of asked if he was driving and 2 he should if texted at all

    May 24, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
  299. Misha

    I don't understand why someone should be blamed for something they didn't commit, so why does the girlfriend have to pay for her boyfriends mistake

    May 24, 2012 at 9:15 pm |
  300. Ash

    The girl did nothing wrong, although she shouldn't of been texting him, she shouldn't get the blame as well.

    May 24, 2012 at 9:23 pm |
  301. Hannah

    I think that texting while driving is a bad and extremely dangerous thing and lots more people get hurt,injured,or killed more that way.I think that it should be against the law or a driving rule or something plus people should know and think better.Also they should be a little smarter and know to just pull over to the side of the rode or to just ignore the text untill they finilly have a chance to get to it when there not driving.Whoever the person that was driving should get there permit or there licence taken away.Finilly i feel so very sorry for the couple who lost one of there legs that must have hurt alot especially because from a man being stupid and was texting while driving.

    May 24, 2012 at 9:23 pm |
  302. Gabriel

    I think the driver should get the full blame, he was the one who was breaking the law, so it's only fair for him to get the full blame.

    May 24, 2012 at 9:26 pm |
  303. Haley

    I think the girlfriend should be charged because she was incharge of it.

    May 24, 2012 at 9:32 pm |
  304. Hannah

    I think the girlfriend should be charged because she knew his routine and knew he was in the car .if I was her I would get off the phone and do something!

    May 24, 2012 at 9:33 pm |
  305. Regan

    I think that the person who is driving should take most of the blame but I also think that the person who was texting them is also responsible.For example, The person who was texting the driver knows that when you here your phone goes off that it attracks your attention making your mind focus more on the text then on the road, but the driver should not have risked the lives of others over a text mesage!

    May 24, 2012 at 9:34 pm |
  306. Meg

    They each should be blamed, it was an equal amount in fault for both of them.

    May 24, 2012 at 9:35 pm |
  307. Sam

    The driver should take the blame, it wasn't his girlfriends fault what so ever.

    May 24, 2012 at 9:37 pm |
  308. Dean

    It was the drivers fault. The husband and wife are seeing black and white, they will be shocked when the court is seeing shades of grey. The girlfriend shouldn't get the blame for something she didn't do.

    May 24, 2012 at 9:40 pm |
  309. Allie

    The main reason there was a crash was because he picked up the phone, and the girlfriend probably knows what time he gets off from work, therefore signaling a common sense alarm;"He's Driving!". The driver should get most of the penalty, but she should have a minor consiquence. I don't mean make it a time-out.

    May 24, 2012 at 9:41 pm |
  310. Chuck

    It the drivers fault and they shouldn't blame the girlfriend.

    May 24, 2012 at 9:41 pm |
  311. Bela

    They should both be blamed because it was the girlfriends fault for texting him and the boyfriend responding.

    May 24, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
  312. Steve

    It was the driver breaking the law not the girl.

    May 24, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
  313. Michael

    The male driver should have the blame because he responded to his girlfriends messages she sent him.

    May 24, 2012 at 9:54 pm |
  314. Mary

    The driver should be blamed, but the good thing is no one died in the crash.

    May 24, 2012 at 10:00 pm |
  315. Doua

    The person who's driving can most defiantly wait until getting to his destination to check his phone, therefore the person texting the driver shouldn't share any responsibility. If texting and driving is illegal and people still do it there should be more severe consequences.

    May 24, 2012 at 10:38 pm |
  316. shaun

    the one who is texting the driver has resposeabilty to becausa she/he should know where you are frist

    May 24, 2012 at 10:49 pm |
  317. Daniel

    I say yes because she knew he was driving and he was texting her back, so he couldn't watch the road, she is as responsible for the accident as he was

    May 24, 2012 at 10:51 pm |
  318. Delaney

    I think that texting while driving is terrible. But, the person in the car should not reply if the person they are texting knows they are driving in a car. The person in the car should know that texting while driving is very bad

    May 24, 2012 at 11:03 pm |
  319. Cody

    I think the driver and the girlfriend that was texting should be charged because losing a leg is a really bad injury ond the couple cant do as much as they used to. I also think that the driver should get a ticket. The girlfriend should of said text me when you get mome because she new he was driving.

    May 24, 2012 at 11:13 pm |
  320. J.B

    I think texting while driving is more dangerous than drinking while driving because your more distracted in yur phone than being drunk and one more thing I think Shannon should be sued more almost killing the couple on the motorcycle

    May 24, 2012 at 11:25 pm |
  321. Athena

    The girl should be charged because she knows very well that her friend is driving, so why can't she just text him later. She knows that doing this can put his friend into danger.This means that she's a bad friend and should be pressed with charges.

    May 24, 2012 at 11:50 pm |
  322. Kasi

    I think it is only fair that both teens take responsibilty for their actions. If someone talks to someone as often as they talked, she had to of know his schedule of when he gets of work and is driving. Thus, I believe that even though he could've waited to check it, she could've just said "Text me when you get home."

    May 24, 2012 at 11:50 pm |
  323. Cooper

    The person who is texting the driver has full responsibility. And if the sender knew that the person was driving, then they should have more responsibility than the driver him/herself. The sooner the law is enforced in every state, the better.

    May 24, 2012 at 11:55 pm |
  324. ross

    I think that they/person texting is connected to what the recever because you are distracting to them and yourself.

    May 24, 2012 at 11:57 pm |
  325. Alex

    Texting someone who's driving is total foolery.

    Now look what they did.

    May 25, 2012 at 12:19 am |
  326. Jacob

    I think they guy should be blamed because he is responsible for responding for the text from his girlfriend.

    May 25, 2012 at 12:43 am |
  327. Lauren

    Although texting while driving can lead to some major problems and damage, I think that if you just ignore the text until you get out, it will be ok. Just try your best to ignore it, everyone has limits.

    May 25, 2012 at 1:12 am |
  328. Andrelie

    I think it's 100% the driver's fault. And the other person should be sued only if they knew that who they were talking to was driving. Other wise it's not their fault.

    May 25, 2012 at 1:51 am |
  329. Page

    I think it probably wasn't the girlfriend's fault. The phrase "I'm driving right now, BRB" should have been the thing that the driver texted before continuing to drive instead of continuing the conversation.

    May 25, 2012 at 2:29 am |
  330. EJ

    I don't think the person who texts the driver should have the responsibility because he/she mught not know that the driver is driving. If a person texts you while drving, then you should answer back saying that your're driving so text later.
    But is the texter keeps texting to the driver, then they should have the responsibility with the driver. You know, texting while drving can cost people's lives.

    May 25, 2012 at 3:37 am |
  331. Austin

    I think that only the guy should be going to jail because its his falt for texting back and its streching the to say ses covering his eyes while hes driving.

    May 25, 2012 at 7:55 am |
  332. Austin

    The guy needs to go to its his falt for texting back to her. He should text her back when he gets home.

    May 25, 2012 at 8:01 am |
  333. Benjamin

    The person driving should get the blame. He should've known that he could get hurt and someone else could also get killed or seriously injured. It's also against the law so he should have just put down his phone and talk to the person later.

    May 25, 2012 at 8:25 am |
  334. Benjamin

    The person driving should get all of the blame. He shouldn't have answered the texts because he should've known someone like the people he crashed into could get severely injured. He should have been the smarter person.

    May 25, 2012 at 8:34 am |
  335. william

    they are all responsible. the driver on the motorcycle should have seen the oncoming car. the driver texting shouldn't of had been texting. and the girl he was texting(unless she didn't know he was driving home) shouldn't had been texting him at all. but it was mostly the driver who was textings fault.

    May 25, 2012 at 8:36 am |
  336. Jackson

    Yes I do think both people should be sued because it's responsibility

    May 25, 2012 at 9:03 am |
  337. Josh

    It depends. Does the person who recieves the message know that other person is driving? If so then they are equally guilty. In this case the girl knew so yes she is guilty.

    May 25, 2012 at 9:12 am |
  338. sunshine

    i think it was his choice to text back and he did so he should be charged

    May 25, 2012 at 9:28 am |
  339. Madeline

    I think that only the person who is driving should get sued because the other person might not realize they are putting them in danger.

    May 25, 2012 at 9:35 am |
  340. Austin

    Texting someone who you know would be driving at that time of day can make it your fault if they get into a accident. It's your fault for taking away the drivers attention, and the victim has every right to sue you.

    May 25, 2012 at 10:03 am |
  341. Galen

    i don't feel that the person texting the person driving should be responsible because the person driving shouldn't have texted back or even looked at the text before they had pulled over

    May 25, 2012 at 10:03 am |
  342. Nykolas

    If the person texting knows the other one is driving, then it is both of their faults. however, if they do not know, it is impossible for them to know if the driver will respond or not. the driver, though, should be punished for not obeying the law.

    May 25, 2012 at 10:04 am |
  343. kevin

    Texting and driving is stupid and illegal

    May 25, 2012 at 10:09 am |
  344. Gabe

    I think both people should be gulity and not just the girl people should leave there phones alone while driving and if someone texts you should pull over.

    May 25, 2012 at 10:40 am |
  345. Ashlynn

    The driver should be at fault, not the girlfriend. Maybe the girlfriend didn't know he was driving. Until you have evidence you can't blame anyone but the driver. He shouldn’t of picked up the phone anyway. Texting and driving isn't safe.

    May 25, 2012 at 10:43 am |
  346. Jake

    I think that if a driver is in a crash because of texting, and the person who texted them knew that they were driving, the person who texted them is just as guilty as the person driving.

    May 25, 2012 at 10:54 am |
  347. Angie

    I think if something bad happens to a person in which they get hurt or even worse. The person that texted he or she is completely just as responsible as the person who replied to the text. So don't text someone if you know they are driving, its very irresponsible.

    May 25, 2012 at 11:03 am |
  348. Cole

    I think that the girlfriend is a liability in this case because she obviously knew that he was driving. Once somebody told me that they were driving through a text message, I would not text them back because I wouldn't want them to get injured.

    May 25, 2012 at 11:12 am |
  349. Bianca

    I think that if the person that is texting the driver should not be sued because its the drivers fault for trying to attempt to answer the text so its the drivers responsibility.

    May 25, 2012 at 11:35 am |
  350. sarah

    if she knew he was driving they are both responsible her for texting him him for responding

    May 25, 2012 at 11:46 am |
  351. Evan

    In some cases, the other side of the conversation does not know if the person is driving while texting. Even if the person DOES know that the other end is behind the wheel, I do not think that they should share in the responsibility in the case. People do not see texting while driving as a big enough deal to call someone out about it and should not be held responsible for the other person.

    May 25, 2012 at 11:49 am |
  352. Dylan

    Texting when you're behind the wheel causes accidents and puts lives in danger

    May 25, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
  353. Jared

    I think that both people are at fault because if the person sending the text, in this case the girlfriend, knows the reciever's schedule, they should be conscious of what the other person is doing. They should also know whether or not it could be dangerous to either the reciever or anyone else that could be harmed If texting the other person while the receiver is driving. Also, the driver should have the common sense to know if picking up the phone and responding could be dangerous.

    May 25, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
  354. celia

    I think texting behind the wheel i very dangerous because when you are drivingyou could crash and might even hurt other peaple and maybe them self. The driver should know not to pick up the phone and text. I think they should put there phone some where so they can't pick it up and text. They sould pull over on the road and then text, but not on the road.

    May 25, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
  355. Mina

    I think that texting isn't a good thing because it can become addictive. It can lead to car crashes.

    May 25, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
  356. Emma

    Nobody not even people who are walking across a street should be texting because it can cause something bad to happen. Even when if you are in a store parking lot you should always look where you are going.

    May 25, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  357. Emma

    I think it's wrong to text while driving either way. Its one thing if the textor (texter?) doesn't know that the recipient is driving but if the textor is aware of the fact that the contact is driving than the textor should refrain from driving. If you are texted while you are driving shouldn't answer until you are safely parked in a designated area.

    May 25, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  358. Izzy

    I think the person who was texting should be to blame! That's just the truth! That's what I think! Peace Out Yow!

    May 25, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  359. Katherine

    It depends on the situation. If someone knows that the person they are texting is driving or may be driving, they should be held responsable because they knowingly contributed to the incident. If the person on the other side of the text is completely oblivious, they should not be held responsible.

    May 25, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  360. Lizzy

    I feel that the person whose texting someone when they know they're driving they are at fault too, because the person will want to respond as soon as possible. If you're texting them then it's like your in the car with them, they then turn to face you and use hand gestures to explain their answer.

    May 25, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  361. Emily

    i think it is only the drivers fault because the girl was texting him but the driver could have just ignored the text and kept driving safely.

    May 25, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  362. Nicole

    I say it's only the fault of the driver. They don't have to look at their phone. If the other person doesn't know that the person they were texting was driving, they can't be at fault. And the driver knows better.

    May 25, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  363. Luisa

    I think it is dumb to sue the person who is texting the driver even if they do know they are driving because the driver doesn't have to reply.

    May 25, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
  364. Sophia

    I think that the crash was the driver's fault. It wasn't the fault of the person he was texting because it was his choice whether or not to text her back while he was driving. He has complete responsibility for the crash, and I hope he has learned his lesson.

    May 25, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
  365. Sophia

    I think the girlfriend shouldn't be charged. It was the driver's choice whether to text her back or not while he was driving,

    May 25, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
  366. Olivia

    It isn't the girlfriend's choice if he responds to the text message or not. She has no control on whether he responds or not. In this case, the only one that should be sued is the boyfriend.

    May 25, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
  367. Sierra

    Texting while driving is a decision we make, no one else has the power to make you. The question you should ask yourself is what would the consequences be?

    May 25, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
  368. Chantelle

    It is true that you shouldn't text someone while they are driving, but ultimately It is the driver's responsability to keep their eyes on the road and not pick up that phone. They make the final choice, and they should be prepared to deal with the final consequences.

    May 25, 2012 at 9:08 pm |
  369. Braden

    I think that the driver should be charged. Driving is way more important then a text message. He should just wait until he reached his destination, then answer the message.

    May 25, 2012 at 10:20 pm |
  370. Robert

    I think it is the man who should be responsible for the accident because he is the person who collided with the couple
    both of whom lost a leg. His girlfriend might get away with the charge if the judge ruled that she is innocent, however
    she might feel a prick of conscience. So here is the message you should realize, never text anyone you think he or she might be driving.

    May 25, 2012 at 10:31 pm |
  371. Victoria

    In my opinon, it is not the texties ( the sender) its the drivers he/she should have never answered unless they were stoped and parked to answer

    May 25, 2012 at 11:22 pm |
  372. Eric

    If the person texting sending the message knew that he was driving, she holds some responsibility. HOWEVER, if the man felt the vibration of his phone, he should not of looked at the message in the first place. So the person sending the message holds some responsibility, but the driver owns majority of it. Both should get fined.

    May 25, 2012 at 11:35 pm |
  373. Emma

    Sure it is her fault, if, and only if, texting is illegal in that state, but, otherwise, the blame rests solely upon her boyfriend, the driver. He shouldn't have been textingg, and, why do we care about this one case of texting? People are texting right now on the road somewhere. Do we pay much attention to them? I know we need an example, but, it was partly her fault, but mainly his.

    May 25, 2012 at 11:48 pm |
  374. Royce

    The driver is the more more responsible. Why is they suing both driver and girlfriend. And if this would get everyone who texts an driver in trouble. I don't believe that the girlfriend should get in trouble.

    May 26, 2012 at 12:09 am |
  375. Megan

    In my personal opinion I think that the girlfriend is half responsible, because she knew he was driving home from work and could have answered the text message while he was driving. She is also not responsable because she dosen't controol his actions.

    May 26, 2012 at 12:12 am |
  376. Dameon

    I think it's both the boy and the girl since the boy was the one driving and his girlfriend knew he was driving and didn't stop texting, if another person like a family member is in the car with the driver then the passenger can text for the driver.

    May 26, 2012 at 12:40 am |
  377. Jazlin

    I think its the drivers fault only because he was the one in the car if he wasnt texting the people would still have there legs. I think the law of texting while driving should be alot more serious because a lot more of people getting hurt and what is going on now is not good.

    May 26, 2012 at 1:23 am |
  378. Alyssa

    I think the driver has more responsibility than the girlfriend because what he could have done is not text her back, and she didn't know exactly where he was at.

    May 26, 2012 at 1:34 am |
  379. Jucheol

    I think only the driver should be held responsible, because the driver knows that texting a message during dirving is very dangerous and it might cause an accident. But the driver kept messaging his girlfriend. Even if his girlfriend sent the message to him, he shouldn't have continued texting. He should have responded later. In my opinion, the driver should to take all the responsibility about this accident.

    May 26, 2012 at 7:39 am |
  380. Hillery

    It is more the driver's own fault than anyone. I mean, if the driver doesn't tell said texting buddy that they're driving, how are they really supposed to know?

    May 26, 2012 at 9:48 am |
  381. Daniel

    the person driving is the one that can decide to read the text and text back or keep driving,but if the other person knows that he/she is driving, they should know not to text

    May 26, 2012 at 10:19 am |
  382. Jessica

    I think it is the driver's fault because if he didn't answer the phonen while driving then those people would still have their legs. He could of answered the phone when he got home.

    May 26, 2012 at 10:52 am |
  383. Noe

    It is the driver's responsibility, because the driver has a choice of whether he wants to reply to the other person's text or not. It is a bad enough decision choosing that you will reply to a text while driving and that next time the driver should be more responsible for his actions

    May 26, 2012 at 11:21 am |
  384. gabu

    i think that it was the person who was driving`s fault, not his girlfriend`s. he new what he was doing and how was his girl friend supposed to know??? when an accident occours, i think everyone should learn from it becaulse if people do not learn from it it texting and driving can keep happening and more people will die. 😦

    May 26, 2012 at 11:36 am |
  385. Megan

    I don't think the girl is responsible because the driver chose to look at the text message and she dose not controol his actions.

    May 26, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
  386. aparna

    what i think is that the guy who receives the message from his girlfriend shouldn't have replied back. i'm a student studying in...oman, and in here texting or using phone is strictly prohibited. so that's why i say that he shouldnt have texted back. or he could have texted after parking the vehicle. textin doesn't matter but life matters. so the fault lies on the person who texted back.. . . . . . .

    May 26, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  387. Jessica

    I feel as the girl who was texting him does take some part in the accident, but I always don't because even though she knew he was driving, it was the driver's decision to pick up the phone, read it, and reply. So, I think the girl should not be charged.

    May 26, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  388. CJ

    If you aren't driving, but you're texting, you have no idea. The driver should ignore the text until he/she gets out of the car.

    May 26, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  389. Jack

    I think that texting while driving should be illegal in all states because your putting every other driver's life on the line for a couple of text messages that you could reply to when your not driving

    May 26, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  390. Hannah

    Texting while driving is a selfish thing to do. You are putting yourself and the others on the road in danger. My choir teacher says "Is what you are saying to your friends so important that it can't wait?" I agree with that completely. I hope people will realize tjis sooner rather than later.

    May 26, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
  391. Hannah

    Texting while driving is a selfish thing to do. You are putting yourself and the others on the road in danger. My choir teacher says "Is what you are saying to your friends so important that it can't wait?" I agree with that completely. I hope people will realize this sooner rather than later.

    May 26, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
  392. Danica

    I personally think that the sender should be punished because if they know when that personis coming home from work at that time they should be able to tell the person when they next see them, unless it is an emergency. The sender should be punished, but not as much as the receiver.

    May 26, 2012 at 8:37 pm |
  393. McKenzie

    It is sad that what happened to the couple happened because of texting and driving, unfortunatly, I do think the girlfriend should take SOME responsibility if she knew that he was driving home, but, the boyfriend should of ignored the text untill he was at a his home, or wherever he was going. Texing someone isnt worth losing a life, or leg.

    May 26, 2012 at 8:39 pm |
  394. Chase

    It is ultimately the driver's fault because if you are driving then the other person won't have a clue about you driving and you are the one taking the risk of getting hurt, not someone else

    May 26, 2012 at 9:08 pm |
  395. marciline

    people should get their eyes on the road and stop texting because that is really dangerous

    May 26, 2012 at 9:56 pm |
  396. micheal

    the woman who was texting the driver is just as responsible because she knows hes driving,she should have the common sense to text him.

    May 26, 2012 at 10:04 pm |
  397. Belle

    I think if a person knows whoever they are texting is driving and they have already replied once they shouldn't reply again because the know that person will keep texting while driving. so if the driver caused an accident the person they were texting would also be at fault

    May 27, 2012 at 12:10 am |
  398. pinga

    It is very dangerous !!
    while we driving ,
    we only can hold the wheel and pay attention on drive.

    May 27, 2012 at 12:34 am |
  399. James

    Even if Shannon knew Kyle was driving, the final decision was on Kyle's hand. Shannon would have thought that Kyle was texting cautiously, thus texting him confidently. Kyle should have been making careful decisions while driving; Shannon shouldn't be responsible.

    May 27, 2012 at 12:39 am |
  400. Claire

    If the girlfriend knew that her boyfriend was driving, they both should share the responsibility. However, if the driver didn't tell his girlfriend that he was driving, then it's his responsibility because it was he who didn't tell his girlfriend that he was driving.

    May 27, 2012 at 7:07 am |
  401. BLOSSOM

    i think that the girlfreind should be charged a little bit because the boyfriend did not have to respond right away the boyfriend should go to prison and face mega charges

    May 27, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
  402. BOshek

    i agree with blossom,but i think the girlfriend shuold NOT be charged

    May 27, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
  403. huynh

    From my view, this is not girl's fault. Imaging that if she had responsibility for that accident, next time we will talk about something like "this girl have to share the the responsibility because she broke up with the driver while he's on road"

    May 27, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
  404. Tacora

    texting while driving is bad, it cause so many problems if it is that bad that you have to text don't cause it will affect your life and the other persons life.

    May 27, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  405. Caroline

    The person that texts the driver is equally responsible for the crash and since she new that he was coming home at that time at the fact that she was texting him was inexcusable. If they go to court with this both the driver and the texter should be held equally responsible for each of thier actions.

    May 27, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
  406. auriella

    i think that it is both of their faults. If the boyfriend didn't pick up the phone then the wreck would probably have never happened. And the girl probably new that her boyfriend was driving.

    May 27, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  407. Ariana

    I think that both sides are correct. Why yes– the girl knew here boyfriend was on the way home and was stupid to send him a message– the girl has no control over if her boyfriend answer or not. He could have waited or if it was THAT important to him to read he should pull over.

    May 27, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  408. Skeeter

    Driving is dangerous enough with all the distractions like the Radio and friends in the car but knowingly putting yourself and others at risk by using your phone is over the line. It's better to miss a text than have people miss you.

    May 27, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  409. Ryan

    if you are texting some one wile they are driving you creat a threat to the driver and to the people around the car

    May 27, 2012 at 8:25 pm |
  410. Sophia

    The driver and his girlfriend should both be sued!!!! The driver should not have been texting while driving. The girlfriend is equally to blame! If she knew her boyfriend was driving then she should not have answered. Therefore both of them should share the consequences.

    May 27, 2012 at 9:56 pm |
  411. Anthony

    I believe that both people have to take responsibility. For one thing, you shouldn't text someone that you know is driving at the moment. At the meantime you shouldn'tbe picking up your phone while your driving.

    May 27, 2012 at 11:06 pm |
  412. Anthony

    I feel that it not the ladys fault for the man getting in a crash. He could of at least checked the message at a stop light.

    May 27, 2012 at 11:13 pm |
  413. David

    He should have checked the text at his destination or pulled over and checked it.

    May 27, 2012 at 11:18 pm |
  414. Marcus

    I think it was planned by the man driving the motorcycle becuase on the cnn student news , he said he saw that it was a teenager driving with his elbows, and looking down. I think he really could have got out of the way of the texting teen

    May 27, 2012 at 11:24 pm |
  415. Mai

    I don't think the person texting should be held responsible unless he/she knows that the person reciving the text is driving. It's not their falt that they don't know, so why should they be punished?

    May 27, 2012 at 11:35 pm |
  416. Maria

    i think that the person texting the guy in the car could have been involved because the 2 of them could of been planning to hit the people that lost their legs, and since texting while driving is already a law the guy in the car should be arrested. I feel that the guy on the motorcycle should not of lost his job.

    May 28, 2012 at 9:10 am |
  417. Casey

    I think that the driver's girlfriend should NOT be guilty, because we have no way of knowing when she sent the text. Maybe she sent it earlier in the day and the driver recieved it later, or he just replied later. Either way, the driver should be arrested, and pay for any damage that was done.

    May 28, 2012 at 10:03 am |
  418. Soohyun

    I believe that the driver should take the responsibility by himself due to the fact that he should know better than to text while driving. However, the texter is not guilty because to reply or not is solely the driver's own choice.

    May 28, 2012 at 11:04 am |
  419. Robin

    Texting while driving is completely and utterly irresponsible. And that 19 year old man should've known that. Unless his girlfriend knew he was driving, she should have known better than to text him, but her boyfriend should not have texted back right away. So what if he was texting to his girlfriend? The authorities should have known already that the one that causes the problem, and the effect, should be put to justice.

    May 28, 2012 at 11:19 am |
  420. Joey

    This is ridiculous. Now because of two teenagers, two people have lost a leg. They should both be fined with a lawsuit. This happens all the time. There should be two punishments. If you are caught, then you should be fined. If you get into an accident due to texting where someone is hurt, then the person hurt or affected should be able to press charges to both of the people texting and even file a lawsuit.

    May 28, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  421. Santiago

    If a person texts someone and they are aware that that person might be driving, and therefore breaking the law, the “texter” must be held partially responsible if an accident occurs. I know this because when, for example, someone tries to rob a bank, and another person helps that person by giving him a gun, he/she has to be held partially responsible for the robbery because, without them, nothing would have happened. A similar situation happened when the teen had a car accident because of his girlfriend’s text. Without the text, he would not have crashed the car, so she must be punished.

    May 28, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  422. Tabatha

    This is dumb! People should be more responsible and know not to text while driving. The guy that was in the car should be sued. He should have known not to answer. The girl probably didn't know he would answer. Its not her fault he look at her text. But because of him two people have lost a leg this is ridiculous. I believe only the guy should be sued!

    May 28, 2012 at 7:15 pm |