The tragic accident occurred because the teenager was reading a text message when he struck the motorcycle. In what is believed to be the first case of its kind, the couple also sued the teenage driver's girlfriend who sent the text message, arguing that she was "electronically present" and contributed to the crash. The court dismissed the lawsuit against the girlfriend, ruling that it is the driver of a vehicle who is responsible for its safe operation. The couple plans to appeal the court's ruling.
As part of the teenager's guilty plea to distracted driving, the court ordered him to speak to 14 high schools about the dangers of texting and driving. Samster, Konkel & Safran, S.C. is participating in a national safety campaign where our Wisconsin personal injury lawyers speak to schools and community groups regarding the dangers of distracted driving.