Durham Distracted Driving Attorneys

Distracted driving” has grown into a major cause of car accidents in recent years in North Carolina and across the country. The phrase describes any diversion of a driver’s attention from operating his vehicle.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says there were 3,092 fatal distracted driving accidents across the U.S. in 2010. Another 416,000 distracted driving accidents caused personal injuries. In North Carolina, there were more than 2,500 car crashes attributed to distracted driving in 2010, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT).

If you have been injured in a car accident in which a distracted driver was at fault, you could be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, emotional distress, lost wages, future expenses and more. Contact the North Carolina distracted driving accident lawyers at Hardison & Cochran toll-free at (800) 434-8399 today or through our online contact form. You’ll hear from us within 24 hours, and your initial consultation will be free.

Distracted Driving and North Carolina Car Accidents

After reviewing more than 350 studies, the Governors Highway Safety Administration (GHSA) determined that distracted driving is the likely cause of 15 to 25 percent of all motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. The NCDOT, meanwhile, reports that 2,566 distracted driving car accidents occurred in the state in 2010, resulting in nine deaths and 943 injuries.

According to the NHTSA, distracted driving includes:

  • Grooming (i.e., combing hair, applying makeup, etc.)
  • Adjusting radios, GPS units, or other devices
  • Watching videos.

“But,” says the NHTSA, “because text messaging requires visual, manual and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction.”

Texting while driving, sending an e-mail, or using the Internet in any fashion while driving is illegal in North Carolina. Drivers who are younger than 18 years old and who have provisional licenses are prohibited from using cell phones at all while driving unless they are calling their parents. Also, school bus drivers are not allowed to use a cell phone while driving their vehicles.

A driver who chooses to engage in any activity that detracts from their ability to drive their vehicle safely has acted in an irresponsible, if not reckless, manner. If a distracted driving car accident has resulted in your being injured or has caused the death of a family member, an experienced North Carolina distracted driving accident attorney from Hardison & Cochran can help you seek compensation for your losses.

Contact Our North Carolina Distracted Driving Accident Lawyers Today

If you’ve been in an accident caused by a distracted driver, call the experienced North Carolina distracted driving accident lawyers at Hardison & Cochran toll-free at (800) 434-8399 today or fill out our online contact form. We represent victims of distracted driving accidents in Raleigh, Cary, Wake County, Research Triangle Park, Durham and elsewhere in the Triangle, as well as in Fayetteville, Dunn, Southern Pines, Wilmington, Person County, Greensboro and the Triad, and throughout the state of North Carolina.

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Distracted Driving

Technology is great, but when used carelessly it can become fatal. An example of this is texting while driving. We were surfing around some other law blogs today and came across Bob Kraft’s blog about this subject and a new initiative by the Department of Transportation to help in the battle against distracted driving.

To supplement the push for awareness about distracted driving, the DOT has built a website with a ton of information on the subject. Click here to visit the website.

Here are some quick stats from the Distraction.gov website:

  1. In 2008, almost 20 percent of all crashes in the year involved some type of distraction. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – NHTSA).
  2. Nearly 6,000 people died in 2008 in crashes involving a distracted driver, and more than half a million were injured. (NHTSA)
  3. The younger, inexperienced drivers under 20 years old have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes.
  4. Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. (Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)
  5. Using a cell phone use while driving, whether it’s hand-held or hands-free, delays a driver’s reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent. (Source: University of Utah)

The website also has information on all 50 states and their laws on handheld devices. Click here to check out North Carolina’s laws when it comes to driving and using electronic devices.

If you’d like more information on statistics and reports about distracted driving, check out the “Research” page from the Distraction.gov website by clicking here.

* Cell Phone picture courtesy of samantha celera via Flickr Creative Commons