This post discusses the role of distracted driving in NC Car Accidents. The Bishop Law Firm represents car accident injury victims and we do not get paid unless we win your case. Call us today for a free case evaluation, (919) 615-3095!
Distracted Driving In NC Car Accidents
We have all been on the road and seen a car drift into our lane and when we drive past the driver, we notice he/she is looking down at their phone instead of at the road. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that distracted driving behaviors are on the rise because more and more people have smart phones and engage in dangerous behavior like texting while driving. In 2016 alone, there were 3,450 deaths from distracted driving according to NHTSA.
Since 2009, it’s been a crime to text or email while driving in North Carolina. This law unfortunately has not been effective in eliminating this behavior. In 2016, according to the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles, at least 20% of the crashes in North Carolina involved a driver that was distracted. Younger drivers are more likely to have a smart phone and younger drivers are more likely to text. This is especially dangerous as new drivers are the most likely to cause accidents anyway, because of their inexperience behind the wheel.
According to the NHTSA, 94 percent of serious car accidents are caused by driver’s behavioral choices, rather than poor road conditions or automobile malfunctions. The good news is that the overwhelming majority of serious injuries or deaths from distracted driving in NC car accidents are preventable.
North Carolina Car Accident Lawyer
If you are an injury victim of a distracted driver who was texting at the time of the accident, The Bishop Law Firm can help with your case. Through the process of litigation, your North Carolina accident lawyer (NC personal injury lawyer) may be able to recover the cell phone records of the at-fault driver to determine whether the driver was texting. That kind of evidence goes a long way in determining who is at-fault and in convincing insurance companies to offer more money on a claim. We represent car accident victims in Raleigh, Durham, Rocky Mount, Wilson, Smithfield, Louisburg, Chapel Hill, Roanoke Rapids and surrounding areas in North Carolina. Give us a call today for a free case evaluation if you have been injured, (919) 615-3095!