A couple badly injured when their motorcycle was hit by a teen who was driving and texting have settled their lawsuit against him for $500,000, according to the Miami Herald.
The husband and wife were on their motorcycle when the teenager’s vehicle slammed into them. His left leg was torn off above the knee in the 2009 wreck, and later the wife had to have her left leg amputated.
The couple now plans to appeal the judge’s ruling that the teenage driver’s girlfriend, who sent him the messages to which he was replying, cannot be held liable for the crash.
The couple’s lawyer argued that the text messages that the girlfriend sent played a role in the accident and that she also should be held liable. The lawyer argued that while she was not physically present at the wreck, she was “electronically present.”
The teenage driver acknowledged that he exchanged a series of text messages with his girlfriend at the time of the accident. Cell phone records show that he responded to a text from his girlfriend seconds before the accident.
As part of his settlement, the teenage driver was ordered to speak at 14 area high schools on the dangers of texting and driving.