Your risk of getting sued just went up!
According to this article:
a couple seriously injured (both lost a leg) by a man distracted by texting while driving is suing his girlfriend for damages too! They argue she contributed to the distraction by sending him numerous texts even though she knew he was driving. Lawyers argue that she was thus “electronically present” in the vehicle at the time of the crash.
If this argument holds up in court I think we can expect to victims and trial lawyers to cast even bigger nets when seeking damages caused by distracted driving. To avoid those nets and increase your odds of living a longer and happier life please take a moment and read my top security rules for mobile phones!
Update Jun 2, 2012
Looks like the judge threw this one out, but you can still contribute to a safer society by not texting or talking with people you know are driving!