According to the Pew Research Center, 40 percent of all teenagers in the U.S. say that they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger. Texting while driving has led to a significant increase in distracted driving, resulting in thousands of injuries and deaths in North Carolina and across the nation.
While upwards of 37 percent of U.S. drivers drink and drive, it is estimated that 45 percent read — and 37 percent send — text messages while driving. The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that at any time in the United States, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or other electronic devices while driving.
Dangers of Texting and Driving
There are many dangers associated with texting and driving, including:
- There is no physical way a driver can keep both hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road if they are texting while driving.
- When traveling at the speed of 55 miles per hour, taking one’s eyes off the road for just five seconds to check a text message is the equivalent to driving blindfolded across the length of a football field with obstacles present.
- Multi-tasking is a myth. The human brain is incapable of simultaneously alerting a driver to a possible barrier ahead while controlling a driver’s fingers as they tap out letters on a touch screen.
Less than half of all states in the U.S. have a law banning the use of cell phones while driving. In North Carolina, there is no prohibition on cell phone use while driving, except for drivers under the age of 18 and school bus operators. However, all drivers are prohibited from texting while driving. North Carolina’s text messaging law is primary, meaning that an officer can pull someone over and issue a citation for the offense without having to witness some other violation first.
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If you were injured in an accident caused by someone who was texting while driving in Charlotte, North Carolina, contact the experienced car accident lawyers at Nagle & Associates, P.A. online or call (800) 411-1583 to schedule your free initial consultation today.