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NC Distracted Driving Laws


There’s no doubt that our lives are now busier than ever. With so much technology at our fingertips, we are able to send and receive messages, check email, look at our bank account, or even order takeout. But with such freedom comes responsibility.

Unfortunately, many people do not wait until they’re out of the car to perform tasks. From talking on the phone, to putting on makeup, to eating, or even changing the radio, driving while distracted is a widespread issue. Unfortunately, there are repercussions for not paying total attention to the road.

According to the NC Department of Transportation, in 2018 there were 54,046 crashes, 121 deaths, and 24,178 injuries due to distracted driving. In fact, almost one in five crashes and one in five injuries were the result of not paying full attention while driving. Every day, 20 people are killed in the U.S. due to distracted driving.

In North Carolina, texting while driving and cell phone use by any driver is not only dangerous, it’s illegal. If you are cited for texting while driving, there is a $100 fine. North Carolina is a “primary state,” which means that police can stop and fine you specifically for texting and driving. They do not need another reason to pull you over.

However, there are some common-sense measures that you can take to avoid distractions while driving. These include:

  • Finish what you are doing on your phone before turning on the car
  • Pull over if you need to use your phone – unless it can wait
  • Set up your GPS before you leave
  • Use an app that auto-responds to any text messages received while driving
  • Don’t eat or drink
  • Don’t smoke
  • Don’t read or write
  • Don’t watch any videos
  • Don’t put on makeup while driving

An Experienced Car Accident Attorney Can Help

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident due to distracted driving that was not your fault, it can often result in very serious – even deadly – consequences. After a serious accident, it can be complicated and overwhelming to put your life back together. That’s why it’s so important to consult with a qualified North Carolina car accident attorney.

You shouldn’t have to pay for the mistakes of others. The knowledgeable and experienced Car Accident Attorneys at Daggett Shuler understand the serious nature of such an accident and will fight to get you what you deserve. Let us help you to move forward. Call us at 336-724-1234.

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