A driver is considered distracted when they are giving any attention to a non-driving related activity while operating a vehicle. This is almost always to the detriment of driving performance, with young drivers and inexperienced motorists running the highest risk of being distracted while behind the wheel.
In fact, according to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 5,300 motorists are killed every year in the United States due to collisions caused by distracted drivers, with the young-driver demographic having the highest percentage of distraction-related fatal accidents.
If you or a loved one has been in an accident caused by a distracted driver, complete the Free Case Review form to the left to begin exploring your legal options right away.
Common Driving Distractions for North Carolina Motorists
In that same CDC report, it was noted that over 400,000 motorists are injured each year (on average) due to distracted driving auto accidents. While it’s important for motorists to be alert and attentive when behind the wheel, admittedly, there can be a number of circumstances that contribute to driver distraction.
Some of these distractions may include:
- Cell phone use. This includes answering the phone, holding a conversation or texting while driving
- Adjusting music controls, putting in a CD or using a music device like an iPod or MP3 player
- Attending to children or other passengers in the vehicle
- Holding conversations with passengers in the car
- Using a GPS while driving
- Eating food or drinking a beverage while driving
- Applying makeup
- Having an animal in the vehicle that is not secured in a pet carrier
- Looking at something outside of the car. This could be anything, from a billboard to a roadside collision
- Reaching for something within the vehicle when driving
…. just to name a few.
Here at Lewis & Keller, we strongly believe that negligent motorists must be held responsible and accountable for their distracted driving actions. By compiling a comprehensive list of facts that contributed to an accident, we are able to present a highly robust case for injury victims that have sustained damages due to the negligence of another driver.
Distracted Driving Studies and Statistics
As the number of cell phone and smart phone users continues to rise, so does the total number of annual traffic fatalities caused by distracted drivers. While North Carolina does have a law banning texting while driving, it does not mean that all motorists have eliminated this behavior. While there are other, various forms of distraction that are just as detrimental to safety behind the wheel as texting and driving, this is known to be a primary cause of distracted driving collisions.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute conducted a study in order to research the dangers of distracted driving. They found that around 80 percent of traffic accidents and nearly 65 percent of near-accidents happened within three seconds of some form of distraction.
With an increasing number of distractions in combination with more drivers on the road, it is crucial to take every precaution necessary to ensure safety on our roadways. One of the best ways to stay safe behind the wheel is to eliminate as many distractions as possible when operating a vehicle.
Contact Our North Carolina Distracted Driving Injury Lawyer
Sometimes an auto accident is unavoidable. If you or a loved one suffered an injury in a collision caused by a distracted driver, you may be able to pursue legal recourse for recovery of your losses.
It can be difficult to prove that another driver was distracted and therefore caused the wreck which resulted in your damages. After being involved in this type of car accident, it is important to have a knowledgeable attorney by your side that is well-versed in North Carolina law.
At Lewis & Keller, our lawyers have the expertise and resources necessary to recreate the scene of the accident and uncover crucial evidence necessary to prove that the at-fault driver was distracted at the time of the crash.
For more information on the legal rights which may be available to victims of distracted driving accidents and their families – or to schedule a confidential, no-obligation consultation with one of our attorneys – simply complete the Free Case Review form at the bottom of this page.