Raleigh Cell Phone and Distracted Driving Lawyer
All forms of distracted driving are dangerous, and cell phones have made the problem notably worse. Distracted driving accidents can result in severe injuries, and while distracted drivers are almost always liable, it is essential to hire an experienced Raleigh cell phone and distracted driving attorney to protect your rights.
If you or a loved one was involved in an accident caused by a distracted driver, contact Nagle & Associates, P.A. today. Our Raleigh personal injury attorneys offer free, no-obligation case evaluations; call (919) 433-0035 today.
Why Choose Nagle & Associates, P.A.?
- We focus all of our resources on cases involving motor vehicle accidents and have over 20 years of experience.
- We have worked side by side with the top doctors in the state and know what kind of medical evidence is needed to obtain maximum compensation for your claim.
- We handle distracted driving accident cases on a contingency basis, which means we only charge legal fees when we win your case.
Why You Need a Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer
The details of a distracted driving case are often complicated, and it is highly doubtful that the distracted driver will admit fault. If any of the blame falls on you, you will be barred from recovering compensation under North Carolina’s contributory negligence rule. An experienced Raleigh cell phone and distracted driving lawyer has the resources to thoroughly investigate your accident and determine what happened in the moments before the crash, so you have evidence to support your claim. They will take an in-depth look into the driver’s statements and any admissions, eyewitness statements, cell phone records, debit or credit card receipts close to the time of the accident, any surveillance video, and more.
In addition, your attorney will skillfully handle the negotiations with the at-fault party’s insurance company, ensuring you obtain the compensation you need for your losses and healthy recovery.
What is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving generally falls into three categories:
Distractions that cause drivers to take their hands off the steering wheel for any reason and for any amount of time. Without both hands on the wheel, reaction time suffers, as well as the ability to steer. (Eating and drinking, reaching for an item, smoking, changing the radio station, etc.)
Distractions that take a driver’s eyes off the road. This is the type of interference that most people associate with distracted driving. Taking your eyes off the road, even for a split second, is extremely dangerous. (Texting, looking at a GPS navigation system, grooming, etc.)
Distractions that take the minds of drivers off of the task of driving. Even though a driver’s hands may be on the wheel and their eyes on the road, the mind can drift, taking them away from the task at hand. (Hands-free calling, talking to other passengers, daydreaming, etc.)
There are hundreds of possible distractions, and some may fall under multiple categories. Texting while driving, for instance, is especially dangerous because it involves all three types of distraction.
Distracted Driving Laws in Raleigh
Many states have established laws aimed to deter drivers from operating vehicles while distracted, particularly when it comes to the use of cell phones. North Carolina’s are as follows:
- Drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from all use of mobile devices while driving, except in an emergency.
- Drivers over the age of 18 are prohibited from reading or sending text messages and emails while driving but can send and read text messages while stopped at a stoplight.
A violation of these laws is an infraction that carries a fine of up to $100 and any court costs.
- School bus drivers are prohibited from using any mobile device for any reason while acting in their work capacity.
Violating this law is a Class 2 misdemeanor that carries a fine of at least $100 plus court costs.
We are Dedicated to Our Clients
If you or a loved one has suffered a severe injury as a result of a distracted driver, contact the Raleigh car accident attorneys at Nagle & Associates, P.A. Rather than accept a quick and unfair settlement that the at-fault driver’s insurance company will likely offer, we will fight for the compensation you deserve. Call (919) 433-0035 or message us online to schedule your free consultation.