It is not your fault - you were not the one driving. In the future tell your friends not to text or call while driving - it is against the law & very very dangerous.
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From your description, you are not at fault. I agree that your friend should be advised never to text while driving. You probably learned a valuable lesson too.
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You were not driving the car nor were you in the car distracting the driver and thus, you are not at fault for your friend's accident. Your friend's choice to text and drive was his and he alone is responsible for the consequences.
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Texting while driving is very dangerous. I hope you and your fried learned from his car accident-- to not text while driving. It could have been more worse, serious. I am glad your friend was not severely injured or died from this accident.
And NO, it is not your fault. He should have waited to respond to your text after driving... I'm sure you feel bad but it is not your fault.
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You are not at fault for the car accident. Texting and driving or other forms of distracted driving causes countless car accidents every year and should be avoided at all times. Distracted driving can also include other activities using a hand held device i.e. using a maps application or internet browsing. I included a link below to a blog post regarding recent California laws regarding distracted driving. I wish your friend a speedy recovery.
First of all, I hope no one was injured due to this unfortunate circumstance. Only the driver would be held liable for an accident involving texting behind the wheel, not the person he was exchanging texts with at the time of the crash. Tell your friend to put his cell phone out of reach or turn it off while driving so he is not tempted to repeat his mistake. Texting and driving is extremely dangerous and impairs one's ability to drive similar to drunk driving.
It was his bad decision to text while driving, whether he was texting you or anyone else. In Georgia, it is illegal to text and drive. If he caused the accident, he is the one responsible to compensate the injured driver. Assuming he had insurance on his car, that insurance should pay to the extent of his policy limits. You have no responsibility.
You are not at fault. No texting while driving. It's a bad recipe for disaster. Best of luck.
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It is NOT your fault!
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You are not at fault as you were not the one driving. Texting while driving is dangerous, hopefully this incident will provide a valuable example of why you should never text and drive.
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