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It's California. That explains the lawsuit. Hopefully, the courts will toss this frivolous lawsuit. A phone's, any phone's, ability to text is no responsible for an auto accident. That is solely the responsibility of the operator of the motor vehicle. Using a phone, talking to a passenger, unwrapping a piece of gum, eating, operating a car radio, particularly in a car equipped with a computer screen, and having sex (yes, there are those that do that), are all distractions that can result in an accident in the wrong circumstances. You can't abrogate personal responsibility because something creates a distraction. It is a driver's responsibility to maintain control of their vehicle.
There re are other arguments that can be made, such as "how do you prevent a driver from texting but not a passenger?" and "I can text using the interface provided by my car, without looking at my phone." but, while valid, they are also irrelevant in terms of a person's safety. The issue is simply one of who is responsible for the safe operation of a vehicle: the driver, or the phone?