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Distracted Driving Accidents

Texting and driving car wrecks are now common, but distractions cover a broad range.

Drivers are taught from an early age the importance of staying alert and attentive while behind-the-wheel. But too many motorists still take their eyes off the road while driving every day for a number of reasons. Cell phones or smartphones, GPS systems, music players and other mobile devices are tailored to make life easier for people on-the-go, but they must be used responsibly. When drivers pay more attention to these devices than the road, a car accident can happen in a matter of seconds.

The experienced Charlotte distracted driving attorneys at Hull & Chandler, P.A., understand how and why accidents happen. A driver may have taken his or her eyes off the road for a second to program a GPS. He or she might have been answering a text message moments before causing a rear-end crash on the way to SouthPark Mall. In fact, countless drivers may have texted and driven many times before an accident. Yet these drivers may be quick to deny that they were distracted at the time of their accident for fear of the consequences.

What are other common causes of distracted driving accidents in Charlotte?

A potential list of causes is long and distressing, including the following:

  • Distraction due to passengers
  • Eating or drinking
  • Grooming
  • Reading, including maps
  • Adjusting a car stereo
  • Rubbernecking (looking at an accident)
  • Looking at people outside of the vehicle
  • Daydreaming or not staying focused on driving

About texting and cell phone accidents

Texting and driving is illegal in North Carolina. Despite educational efforts to crack down on texting and talking drivers, it is not uncommon to see drivers manipulating their cell phones while stuck in traffic, driving down the street or even on the highway. Technological advances allow drivers to manipulate their phones in countless different ways. A driver might be sending or reading a text message. He might be checking his email or browsing a social media site. She might even be taking photos in the moments before a serious accident.

A serious texting or cell phone accident can result in years of hardship for accident victims. From neck injuries sustained in a rear-end accident to broken bones resulting from a head-on crash, the injuries may be permanent to the victim. The emotional and financial impact can last for years. If you or a loved one was injured or a loved one died because of a distracted driver, you shouldn’t have to foot the bill alone. But getting compensation on your own is not always easy. You may find your recovery complicated by drivers who deny texting while driving and insurance companies that try to downplay your injuries.

At Hull & Chandler, P.A., our legal team knows how to obtain cell phone records and other information that may be overlooked. We have access to medical experts who can determine the long-term cost of your injuries. We can play hardball with insurance companies that try to deny the compensation you deserve. You did nothing wrong. You shouldn’t have to pay for somebody else’s negligent behavior.

Hold distracted drivers accountable for their careless behavior. Contact Hull & Chandler, P.A., for a free case consultation. Call 704-375-8488 today. We proudly serve distracted driving and texting accident victims in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, Union County, Cabarrus County, Gaston County and other counties throughout North Carolina.