Texting and driving - we all know it's a "no, no," but as drivers continue to ignore warnings, legislators are getting serious about enforcing the rule.
"Distractions while driving" has been part of mainstream conversation about accident causes for years. Whether it's eating, changing the radio station, or talking on a cell phone, research supports the idea that these drivers bring serious risk to the road.
According to textinganddrivingsafety.com, texting while driving accounts for:
- 1,600,000 accidents per year;
- 330,000 injuries per year;
- 11 teen deaths every day;
- And nearly 25% of all car accidents
That's a lot of death and destruction that could have easily been prevented. So what are legislators doing about it? A few recent changes to laws in many states have been:
- Disallowing talking verbally on the phone, without a hands-free device;
- Prohibiting all cell phone use, handheld or hands-free;
- And considering cell phone usage while driving a "primary offense," (meaning you can be pulled over specifically for it, without the officer citing an additional reason).
NC's laws on texting and driving
In North Carolina, all drivers are prohibited from texting while driving and it is a primary offense. Only school bus and novice drivers are prohibited from all cell phone usage, both handheld and hands-free.
Harmed by a distracted driver?
Cell phone usage is such a grave issue because each accident it causes could have been prevented. If you, or someone you love, were a victim of a distracted driver's negligence, take action now - call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078.
We're tired of seeing people injured, or killed, as the result of cell phone use. If you have been injured by a distracted driver, don't become a victim of their insurance company as well - make sure your rights are protected, contact us today. Representatives are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to offer a no-cost evaluation of your case.