According to police, a fatal accident on Interstate 85 in Lexington was caused by the at-fault driver’s texting while behind the wheel. The accident occurred while the victim was stopped in a highway construction zone; the at-fault driver came from behind at sixty miles per hour and slammed into the back of the victim’s car. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital and tragically died. A witness reported to police that the at-fault driver was texting at the time of the accident; police seized the driver’s phone and reported that there was evidence to corroborate the witness’s story.
Distracted driving seems to become a worse problem every day. We have previously reported on how risky texting while driving is, and many states including North Carolina, have passed laws that make the dangerous habit illegal in various ways (some states make the practice a primary offense, others a secondary offense). We support these measures, for research has shown that texting while driving impairs a motorist as much as driving while under the influence of alcohol. No driver should have to suffer injuries due to another’s driving while texting.
If you’ve suffered injuries because of distracted driving, it’s important to talk with a personal injury lawyer to determine your rights to legal redress. There are also numerous resources available at our North Carolina personal injury law firm. Our personal injury attorneys have written a guide that gives a broad overview of car accidents in North Carolina; you can click here to download it for free.