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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 three ways. If you were injured by a distracted driver who was texting, you might have a right to seek compensation for your damages.
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At The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor, we understand the serious emotional, physical, and financial damage accident victims withstand. Our primary goal is 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.
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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 for driver distractions involving cell phones. 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 they were texting.
Understanding the Potential Dangers
Texting and driving is serious, as it can lead to extremely dangerous, even deadly, crashes. In a commonly stated, though instrumental study, it was discovered that the average person looks at a text message for roughly 4.6 seconds. A driver moving approximately 55 miles per hour will take their eyes off of the road for the length of an entire football field.
According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, in 2015, approximately 3,477 people died in accidents caused by distracted driving. Teenage drivers suffer the highest number of fatalities due to this nasty habit, with a staggering 11 U.S. teens dying each day due to texting while driving.
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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 numerous different 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 injury, pain and suffering, loss of wages, and medical expenses.
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