Charlotte Cell Phone Accident Lawyer
One of the most frequent causes of car crashes resulting in serious injury or death is driver distraction. In the past, drivers were usually distracted by manually tuning in to a radio station. These days, there are numerous devices to distract a driver: cell phones, internet, iPods, GPS, even the vehicles own entertainment system. Auger & Auger Accident and Injury Lawyers is a Charlotte car accident law firm that helps people who have been injured by drivers whose texting, cell phone use, or other distraction. All consultations are free and are also confidential.
Texting While Driving Laws In North Carolina
With the exception of emergency use, North Carolina motorists under the age of 18 are prohibited from using a cell phone for any reason while driving. For drivers over 18 years of age, texting, as well as using the internet, or reading texts/emails/web pages, is illegal when the vehicle is in motion.
Notwithstanding these laws, many drivers are admittedly ignoring them. State Farm Insurance Company recently conducted an informal study which revealed that nearly 20% of motorists were accessing the internet while driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) findings confirm this. According to NHTSA statistics, as many as 800,000 drivers are using a hand held device at any given moment of the day.
If you are injured in an auto accident that was caused by a texting or distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages. Our Charlotte car accident lawyers can help.
A recent study conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute examined car and truck drivers during over 6 million miles of driving. The findings were alarming:
For passenger vehicles:
- Operators that dialed a cell phone were 2.8 times more likely to be involved in a crash, or near-crash situation than a non-distracted driver.
- Drivers that were either talking or listening on a cell phone was 1.3 times more likely to wreck or nearly wreck than a non-distracted driver.
- Motorists who were reaching for their phone or other electronic device were 1.4 times more likely to be involved in an accident or have a near-miss than non-distracted drivers.
For operators of heavy vehicles or trucks:
- Motorists who dialed their cell phones were 5.9 times more likely to have an accident or near-miss than a non-distracted driver.
- Operators who reached for their cell phone or electronic device were 6.7 times more likely to crash or have a near-crash situation than a non-distracted driver.
- Drivers engaged in texting while driving were 23.2 times more likely to be involved in an accident than non-distracted drivers.
Charlotte Car Accident Attorneys Provide Free Consultation
Put our experience to work for you. At Auger & Auger, Partner Herb Auger has 24 years experience in exclusively handling personal injury cases. When you call us, you will speak with an attorney, and your consultation will be free, as well as confidential.
You may be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical Treatment
- Future Medical Bills
- Lost Wages
- Pain and Suffering
- Damage to Property
Let our Charlotte car accident lawyers get you the settlement you deserve. Call now for your free consultation.