In A Distracted World, Negligent Drivers Can Do Great Harm
One of the tragic ironies of distracted driving accidents is that the smallest action by a negligent driver can have devastating consequences for the victim of their negligence.
When a driver is distracted — by their phone, loud music, screaming children or any other cause — they are likely to keep driving as if there is nothing in their way, even when another motorist, a cyclist or a pedestrian has entered their path. This means they may be driving at full speed at the moment of collision, with catastrophic results.
Examples Of Distracted Driving
The world is increasingly full of distractions in our cars, just as it is everywhere else. A driver on Interstate 95, Highway 64 or anywhere else in eastern North Carolina could be distracted by any number of factors, including:
- Using an app on a smartphone
- Programming or reading a dashboard GPS device
- Adjusting the radio, CD or MP3 player
- Eating or drinking
- Reading a paper map
- Having a conversation with passengers
- Managing children in the car
- Applying makeup or brushing hair
- Watching a video on a phone, tablet or laptop
- “Rubbernecking” to look at an accident
No matter the cause of your accident, the most important steps are to report the accident and obtain medical attention.
Once you have reported the accident to authorities, though, you shouldn’t speak to the insurance company until you’ve spoken first with an attorney. Insurance companies often will offer a settlement early in the process, but they will use high-pressure tactics to get accident victims to accept lowball offers.
Why Having A Lawyer Is Especially Important In North Carolina
In North Carolina, personal injury law recognizes the principle of contributory negligence, which bars recovery by plaintiffs if they bear any fault for the incident that caused their injury. As a result, it is crucial to have an attorney on your side who knows how to advocate for you.
In contrast, most states in the U.S. operate under another system called comparable negligence. Under this system, the amount of financial damages is reduced proportionally to a plaintiff’s degree of fault.
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