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Personal Injuries on Church Property and During Church Activities - Part 2
An Illinois court ruled that a driver's use of cell phone could be presented to a jury as evidence of negligence.

Key point. A church may be liable for accidents caused by staff members as a result of using a cell phone while driving a vehicle on church business.

* An Illinois court ruled that a driver's use of cell phone could be presented to a jury as evidence of negligence. A man ("Randy") was driving a pick-up truck on a state highway. The weather was clear, and the roads were dry. Randy saw a large white van stopped in his lane of travel, and another car some 200 feet ahead of him approaching him in the opposite lane of travel. When he realized that he was going to hit the van, he decided to hit the rear left side of the van with the front passenger side of his truck. When he hit the brakes, his truck started to skid forward to the left. The impact pushed the front end of his truck about 18 inches over the center line. The approaching car was approximately 70 feet away when the impact occurred. Randy saw the car go past him, hit its brakes, and turn onto the gravel. The driver of the other car then moved across the center line and hit another vehicle head-on. The time of the accident was 1:20 p.m.

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Posted: September 2, 2002
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