Any Charlotte accident attorney will tell you that there is much concern when it comes to distracted driving and the role that cell phone play in causing a wide variety of motor vehicle accidents. Recent studies have demonstrated that using either hand-held cell phones, or even hands-free cell phone devices, leads to driving practices that can undermine safe driving. Truthfully, it has been difficult to determine the extent to which cell phone use increases the risk of accidents. This is due in part to the fact that police crash reports cannot always specifically indicate whether or not drivers were using a cell phone at the time a crash occurred.
What is known is that several university studies have demonstrated that operating a cell phone while driving, considerably increases the risk of a crash. According to statistics published by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), 13.5 million drivers are driving and using cell phones at any given time during daylight hours. In addition, they reveal that in 2011, roughly 1.3 million car crashes occurred that involved the use of cell phones.
Cell phone use in North Carolina
In the state of North Carolina, if you are caught texting while driving, you can receive a $100 traffic citation. Although most teen drivers are not allowed to use mobile devices in any capacity while driving, drivers over 18 are still allowed to talk on their cell phone while operating a vehicle. At least 39 states and the District of Columbia have instituted bans on texting while driving. Despite increasing efforts by local municipalities, county, and state governments to implement bans related to the use of cell phones in automobiles; The impact of such bans on the rate of automobile accidents have produced conflicting findings.
The role of an accident lawyer
If you or a member of your family has been a victim of an auto accident, a personal injury attorney can be instrumental in making sure that you receive appropriate compensation. Personal injury attorneys have the ability to obtain the relevant information needed to help determine liability, and to assist with ensuring that you receive appropriate and highly qualified medical treatment. They have the means to reconstruct the auto accident using high-technology methods. An auto accident attorney can help you identify every individual and/or company that is liable, giving you the greatest chance to recover appropriate damages for your injuries.
Speak to a car accident lawyer in Charlotte, NC
The personal injury lawyers at The Olive Law Firm are ready to assist car accident victims and their families. If you have been hurt in a road rage, or a hit-and-run accident, their legal team will work very hard to ensure that your medical expenses and lost wages will be covered. Please give them a call to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation regarding your auto injury.