By Kristin Hart, Attorney at Law
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 6,000 deaths are caused every year by texting and driving. Texting is a form of distracted driving that has turned deadly on the road. In particular, teenagers are at a high risk for causing accidents due to texting. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also reports that teens are 10 percent more likely to be outside of a driving lane when they text and drive.
When a car accident is caused by distracted driving, this is known as a tortious activity. The victim has the right to file a lawsuit against the distracted driver. Society aims to protect those who have been injured or died as a result of distracted driving behaviors like texting. It is unfair for a victim to endure the cost, pain and suffering of an accident that was caused by someone else who was texting and not watching the road.
There are also other forms of distracted driving that cause accidents every year. These behaviors include applying makeup while driving, reading, listening to loud music and talking on the cell phone. To simply answer a cell phone, the NHTSA has found that it takes about five seconds – this period of time is enough for a driver to travel the entire length of a football field. Imagine the number of accidents that can occur when a person isn’t watching the road during this time. It is truly astonishing to think about how commonplace distracted driving has become in today’s world.
If one is the victim in a distracted driving accident, he or she should think about filing a lawsuit. Hiring an attorney is in one’s best interest for moving forward in a distracted driving accident case. In this type of case, the attorney will need to prove that the other driver was actually negligent and distracted at the time of the accident. Our auto accident attorneys are well acquainted with the type of evidence that a jury will consider in making its determination, and can help if you have been involved in an auto accident due to distracted driving.
Individuals who are looking for a lawyer to represent them in an auto accident case can schedule an initial consultation meeting with one of our Durham auto accident attorneys. This meeting is the perfect time for an individual to present all of the information of his or her case to one of our attorneys, who can help you decide how to move forward with your case.