A plaintiffs’ lawyer in Chicago has filed a ridiculous misguided wrongful death lawsuit blaming Facebook for a driver’s failure to pay proper attention to the road, causing her to hit a 70 year-old pedestrian who was on the side of the road after being involved in a minor traffic accident.
On liability, the Plaintiffs have a good smoking gun. Assuming the facts in the lawsuit are true, the Defendant driver updated her Facebook page at 7:54 a.m., the same time that the decedent made a 9-1-1 call for help.
This is great evidence against the Defendant driver. But, clearly, Facebook is no more to blame than a radio station playing bad music, causing a driver to divert their attention to turning the station.