Distracted Driving in North Carolina
Distracted driving is any activity that takes your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel, or your mind off your primary task of driving safely. Statistics show that the number one cause of distracted driving accidents is daydreaming, and those who are generally distracted or otherwise not paying attention while they are driving are at an increased risk of getting in a car accident. According to a Prevention Magazine report, of nearly 1,000 drivers injured in accidents, over half reported some amount of mind wandering before the crash, and mind wandering characterized by highly disruptive or distracting thoughts was associated with a greater likelihood of being the driver responsible for the accident.
North Carolina Texting While Driving Law
North Carolina law prohibits drivers from texting while driving, but law enforcement personnel say that it hasn’t completed eliminated districted driving in the state. In fact, since the law was adopted in 2009, the numbers of cases filed against drivers accused of texting has risen. During the 2010-11 fiscal year, 879 cases were filed in the state for texting while driving, and three years later, that number increased to 2,018 cases.
North Carolina’s law allows drivers to text while behind the wheel as long as the vehicle is lawfully parked or stopped, such as at a stoplight. While driving, the law allows drivers to look up phone numbers, type in numbers and look up addresses. The law also allows drivers to look at social media sites while driving as long as they’re not typing in text, and drivers are also permitted to scroll through their music library on a phone or other mobile device.
Contact Our Winston-Salem Distracted Driving Attorneys Today
If you were injured in an accident with a distracted driver, hold them accountable for their negligent conduct by contacting the North Carolina distracted driving accident attorneys at Nagle & Associates, P.A. online or call (800) 411-1583 to set up your free initial consultation today.