When a driver is behind the wheel, his or her primary responsibility is to operate the vehicle safely. While most people are aware that engaging in different activities while driving is dangerous, distracted driving remains a considerable safety concern on North Carolina roads. Even a moment of distraction can result in accidents that can leave innocent motorists and passengers with catastrophic or fatal injuries.
The problem with distraction
Most people associate the issue of distracted driving with cell phone use. While cellphones are a primary reason for distracted driving, they are not the only reason why drivers may be distracted while also operating a vehicle. Talking to a passenger, adjusting the radio, eating or drinking, looking at a billboard or even using a hands-free device can be just as distracting as checking a text.
Distracted driving has been proven to be just as dangerous as drunk driving. This means distracted drivers display some of the same behaviors that distracted drivers do, including swerving, driving at erratic speeds and more. Through the civil justice system, it is possible to hold distracted drivers accountable for the harm they cause through their actions.
A personal injury claim
A personal injury claim is a reasonable course of action for someone injured in a distracted driving accident in North Carolina. However, a victim may benefit from first seeking the guidance and support of an experienced personal injury attorney. An assessment of the specific accident case can reveal what legal options are available.