By Joseph M. Wilson, Jr., Attorney at Law
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol has begun an educational awareness campaign called No Texting, Just Driving. The campaign is geared toward younger drivers, but applies to everyone. The no texting ban became law in 2009; it is a primary offense, so drivers may be pulled over and ticketed for texting alone. A conviction can mean a $100 fine plus court costs and points on your driver’s license, leading to a potential increase in your insurance rates.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reports that in 2008, 6,000 people died in the U.S. as the result of distracted drivers; over a half-million were injured. As a North Carolina auto accident attorney, I frequently represent individuals who were injured as the result of another driver’s negligence—in many cases, due to distracted driving. Texting while driving takes the driver’s attention from the road, increasing the chances that he or she will cause a car wreck or hit a bike rider or pedestrian. I support the Highway Patrol’s efforts to educate the public on the dangers of distracted driving.
When you get behind the wheel of a car, it is your responsibility to make every effort to drive safely. Avoiding distractions like texting, reading, eating, shaving or putting on makeup, or programming your GPS while driving can literally mean the difference between life and death—yours or someone else’s.
If you have been injured due to the negligence of another driver, you should speak to an auto accident lawyer to learn your rights. If you have questions about your specific situation, please contact us today.