Experienced Attorneys Represent Clients Injured by Distracted Drivers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia & West Virginia
Growing number of car crashes caused by cellphone use while driving
Distracted driving has become such a problem across the United States that the federal government has created a website to keep everyone informed. Distraction.gov, a project of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), provides access to statistics and other information gathered from a variety of credible sources.
The bottom line is that distracted driving — including cellphone use and texting — is still a major cause of car, truck and bus accidents in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia & West Virginia, despite efforts to educate drivers and the enactment of driving restrictions. However, since there is no federal law that governs cellphone usage and texting while driving and individual state laws about distracted driving are constantly evolving, it is important to know the laws of the state where you are driving.
What is distracted driving?
"I was just finding a song on my phone." "I was only applying my lipstick." "This text will only take a second to send." Every day, people find ways of justifying their distracted driving. The top reason that accidents are caused is that drivers simply do not keep their eyes on the road. What are they doing?
- Texting, dialing, surfing the web on a smartphone
- Using a navigation system
- Reading maps or other material
- Eating and drinking, grooming, chatting with passengers
- Tuning a radio or stereo
- Rubbernecking — looking at roadside incidents
- Talking on a CB radio
In addition to being distracted by these tasks, drivers are often distracted by their own passengers, such as unruly children. Another common cause of distraction is fatigue, especially among commercial truck drivers.
How serious is the distracted driver problem?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “2015 Motor Vehicle Crashes: Overview,” there were 35,092 motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States in 2015—2,348 more fatalities than the 32,744 in 2014. The 7.2-percent increase is the largest percentage increase in nearly 50 years. Fatalities from distracted driving crashes increased from 3,197 in 2014 to 3,477 in 2015, or 8.8 percent. Even with the passing of stricter laws, motorists driving distracted are still a very real threat to road safety.
Involved in an accident caused by a distracted driver? Call us!
If you have been hit by a driver texting, or a distracted driver of any kind, the personal injury attorneys at Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban are ready to protect your right to full and fair compensation for your injuries. Call toll free at (888) 351-1038 today or contact Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban online to schedule a free consultation at one of our North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia or West Virginia offices.