While distracted driving has always been a threat to public safety, few forms of driver distraction are as alarming as texting while driving. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that texting behind the wheel injures and kills thousands of Americans each year. According to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted because texting commands the visual, cognitive, and manual attention of a driver simultaneously. If you or your loved one has been injured in a car accident caused by a driver you suspect may have been texting at the time, then working with the North Carolina auto accident attorneys from Nagle & Associates, P.A. is vital to solidifying the evidence that establishes liability and secures your compensation.
Texting While Driving: Careless, Negligent & Illegal
Common sense tells most people that texting while driving is dangerous. Statutory law, both in North Carolina and throughout the country, is beginning to acknowledge this fact. In North Carolina, several laws have been passed that relate specifically to cell phone use and text messaging while driving:
- Ban on all cell phone use (handheld and hands-free) for bus drivers.
- Ban on all cell phone use (handheld and hands-free) for novice drivers.
- Ban on texting for all drivers.
Although these laws are in place, there are still gaping loopholes and exceptions that leave others on public roads and highways at risk. Drivers are still allowed to use voice mail, enter access codes, and perform other non-texting actions, all of which take a motorists attention away from the primary task of driving and increase crash risks. While it is difficult to confirm that a driver was texting while driving when he or she caused an accident, it is not impossible. With decades of experience under his belt, Attorney Nagle can use the courts' "discovery" process to force disclosure of cell phone records to confirm texting was taking place at the time of the motor vehicle accident. If it can be demonstrated that you were injured as the result of another driver texting while driving, the firm's attorneys can work toward securing a recovery of all applicable damages, including your medical bills, lost wages and future earnings, and your pain and suffering, among others.
Speak with a North Carolina Auto Accident Attorney During a Free Consultation
As Nagle & Associates has recovered millions of dollars in compensation on behalf of injured car accident victims, you can be sure that the firm's lawyers possess the necessary tools and abilities to help you through your unique legal journey. Prepared to vet all avenues for compensation and all of your available options, the firm's legal team fights to maximize your compensation in any way possible. As texting while driving is an illegal act and one any reasonable person should know poses inherent danger to others, punitive damages - the exemplary damages used to further punish wrongdoers for intentional misconduct or gross acts of negligence - may be applicable in these cases. If and when punitive damages can be obtained, Attorney Nagle and his legal team work tirelessly to secure this additional form of compensation.
If you would like to discuss your accident with a member of the firm's legal team, then please request a free case evaluation so that you may find answers that relates specifically to your situation and needs. Our seven office locations serve clients in Winston-Salem and across the state. Contact Nagle & Associates for the proven representation and experienced guidance you need.