According to the International Association for the Wireless Telecommunications Industry (CTIA), there are over 330 million mobile devices being used in this country – with over 1,000 deaths and 24,000 injuries being recorded in 2009 that were directly attributed to cell phone use while driving.
While cell phones have made our lives easier and more convenient, they can also be dangerous when used while driving. The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report that the most common cause of distracted driving is cell phone use.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a texting and driving accident, you may be eligible to obtain compensation for damages that you have received, along with any associated costs related to those injuries.
To find out how we can help, simply fill out the “Free Case Review” form below, to explore your legal options.
The Dangers of Texting and Driving
Researchers have compared using a cell phone while driving to driving under the influence of alcohol – with driver reaction times being very similar. In a 2009 study released by the NHTSA, over 5,000 people were killed in distracted-related accidents and another 400,000 were injured on the roads throughout the United States.
Unfortunately, teenagers are more likely to be involved in distracted driving accidents than any other age group – with sixteen percent of all traffic fatalities for drivers under the age of 20 being caused by distracted driving. In light of these statistics, distracted driving is a not only a huge problem in North Carolina, but also the rest of the country.
Types Of Driver Distractions
While there can be many specific types of driver distractions, according to the United States Department of Transportation, there are three primary types of driver distractions, which consist of:
- Taking your eyes off the road (visual)
- Taking your hands off the steering wheel (manual)
- Taking your mind off of driving (cognitive)
A drivers who texts and drives is engaging in all three types of distracted driving. Texting and driving increases a motorist’s chance of being involved in an auto accident. VTTI found that sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds, the equivalent of driving the length of a football field at 55 mph, blind.
North Carolina Distracted Driving Laws
North Carolina realizes that distracted driving is a risky behavior, which is why government officials have put specific laws in place in an effort to decrease the chances of texting and driving accidents.
The restrictions on cell phone use while driving in North Carolina are:
- Text messaging and emailing while driving is banned for all drivers.
- Novice drivers (under 18) are banned from all cell phone use while driving.
- Cell phone use (handheld and hands-free) is prohibited for all bus drivers.
- Local law enforcement agencies believe that by heavily enforcing these laws, the number of people who text and drive will decrease.
Texting and Driving Lawsuits
Even though it is against the law to text and drive in North Carolina, there are many negligent drivers that continue to do so. If a distracted driver causes a car collision that results in property damage and/or injuries, it may not be apparent that cell phone use was a factor in the crash.
However, at Lewis & Keller, our distracted driving lawyers have investigators that are experienced at gathering evidence, such as mobile phone records and call histories in order to find the cause of an accident and then use that evidence to present a solid case for your compensation claim.
Contact Our North Carolina Texting and Driving Accidents Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in a distracted-related accident, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and property damage. Contact our team here at Lewis & Keller today to discuss your legal options.
Having won over $10 MILLION in successful verdicts and settlements for our clients, our primary office is located in Winston-Salem, and also proudly provide legal counsel to those in Greensboro and the entire Triad area of North Carolina.
With over 150 years of combined legal experience, our team of attorneys have the knowledge, resources and determination to fight for your MAXIMUM compensation benefits.
To find out how we can help, please call us on 866-299-1769 and a member from our intake staff will quickly obtain some details about your case, and then connect you to one of our lawyers – it’s that easy!
To receive a 100% FREE legal consultation, simply fill out the Free Case Evaluation form!