Texting & Driving Accidents
Experienced Car Accident Attorneys in North Carolina
Any kind of driver distraction can be dangerous, and texting while driving is no exception. Anything that can avert the driver’s attention, be it visually, physically, or mentally, from driving is considered a distraction. One of the reasons texting is considered so dangerous is because it distracts in all 3 ways. If you were injured because of a distracted driver who was texting while behind the wheel, you may have a right to seek compensation for your damages.
At The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor, we understand the serious emotional, physical, and financial damage accident victims withstand. It is our primary goal to pursue justice and fair compensation on your behalf so that you can begin to heal and move forward after a car crash. Not only are we passionate about advocating for the rights of the injured, we are also determined to obtain the results our clients need.
For a free consultation, call our firm at (828) 266-0216.
North Carolina Texting & Driving Laws
In North Carolina, it is against the law for any driver to read or send text messages or emails while behind the wheel. Some states are more lenient about these rules, but North Carolina laws are unforgiving when it comes to driver distractions involving cell phones. In fact, using a phone to compose, read, or send messages while driving is a primary offense, meaning an officer needs no other reason to pull the driver over except that he or she was texting.
Understanding the Potential Dangers
Texting and driving should not be taken likely, as it can lead to extremely dangerous, even deadly crashes. In a commonly stated, though very useful study, it was discovered that the average person looks at a text message for roughly 4.6 seconds. This means that, if the driver is moving roughly 55 miles per hour, they will have taken their eyes off of the road for the length of an entire football field.
In 2015, approximately 3,477 people died in accidents caused by distracted driving, according to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration. Teenage drivers suffer the highest number of fatalities due to this nasty habit, with a staggering 11 U.S. teens dying each day as the result of texting while driving.
Choose The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor
When someone texts and drives, they put themselves, their passengers, and everyone else on the road at risk. It can cause drivers to drift into other lanes, cross over to oncoming traffic, rear-end other vehicles, run red lights and stop signs, or cause a number of other dangerous situations. If you or someone you love was injured by a driver who you suspect was texting while behind the wheel, you may be able to seek compensation. It is against the law in North Carolina to text and drive, and those who ignore this rule should be held answerable for the resulting damage. Damages may include physical damage, pain and suffering, loss of wages, and medical expenses.