Raleigh Distracted Driver Negligence Claim Attorneys
By now, most realize that texting while driving is at least as dangerous as drunk driving. Even so, there are many folks who would never think about driving under the influence of alcohol but who still regularly text while driving on the highway. Here in Raleigh, it’s not all that uncommon to see drivers with their hands on their cell phones and faces down while operating their vehicle 75 miles per hour on I-40. The honest truth is that most people who do so simply think they have more ability to “multi-task” than they really do. Their unnecessary risk taking should not cost you thousands of dollars in medical bills and lost wages. If you have been injured as a result of a distracted texting driver, contact the North Carolina law firm of Maginnis Law.
The statistics on texting while driving accidents are sobering. Almost 3,000 people are killed per year in distracted driver automobile collisions. A large percentage of these involve texting drivers under the age of 20. According to www.distraction.gov, 71% of driver’s under the age of 20 have texted while driving. An even higher percentage, 78%, admit to having read a text while driving. These percentages should be frightening.
The real threat of a drunk driver is that their response to stimulate is delayed. This means that they tend to hit their brakes or take evasive maneuvers late or not at all, resulting in higher speed impacts. Texted drivers are sometimes even more delayed in their response. They’re not looking up to even know there is a dangerous situation. This results in an even an even higher percentage of violent impacts. Such higher speed impacts of course correlate to more deaths and serious injuries.
There is no clear case law in North Carolina yet, but there is good support for an argument that texting while driving should support punitive damages. These are damages that are designed solely to punish the person responsible for the conduct, not just to make the injured party “whole.”
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured as a result of a distracted driver, contact the Raleigh law firm of Maginnis Law. Our lawyers regularly assist regular North Carolinians recover fair compensation from negligent driver’s and their automobile insurance companies. We will aggressively handle your distracted driver claim and pursue punitive damages against the texting driver, if appropriate.
For a free consultation, send the details of your case using the form on our contact page or give us a call. We represent normal folks across the state and do so on a contingency basis. This means that you are not responsible for any attorneys’ fees unless we win a verdict or