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Distracted driving on North Carolina roads can cause anything from a simple fender-bender to a deadly situation. One negligent moment by a distracted driver can shatter the life of a victim.

Distracted driving comes in many forms. Sometimes it is obvious someone was driving distracted. Other times it is not easy to pinpoint whether there was a distraction at all.

Phones

If a person is using a phone when he or she hits you, he or she may be guilty of distracted driving. According to North Carolina state laws regarding cell phone use, it is illegal to send or read texts and emails while driving. Presumably, accessing social media accounts would likewise be unlawful. Additionally, it is against the law for someone under 18 to be using a phone at all, including calls.

Paying attention to kids

It is vital to teach children the importance of behaving when they are inside a vehicle. If you are trying to drive while also coping with fighting children, it is more challenging to pay attention to factors outside the car.

Unsecured pets

Animals loose in the car may become frightened or upset, even if they are normally okay with driving. A pet can interfere with the operation of the vehicle itself. If a petal gets blocked, for example, you may not be able to brake properly. Keeping animals in a travel-approved crate reduces the possibility of distraction.

Some victims of distracted driving find help by consulting an attorney. However, the information provided in this article is intended for informational purposes only, not as legal advice.