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Victim Critical after Distracted Driver Runs Stop Sign

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A 71-year-old Franklin man was listed in critical condition after the car he was driving was hit by another driver who failed to stop at a stop sign. Police say that on July 5th, at approximately 9:30 a.m., the victim was driving his 1993 Toyota on east on Old Cedar Falls Road in Asheboro, when a 2007 Chevy slammed into him.

The driver of the Chevy, a 24-year-old Mars Hill man, who was traveling north on Henley Country Road, was distracted by a cell phone conversation he was having and drove right through the stop sign at the intersection.

The force of the impact sent the Toyota spinning right off the road, where it hit a sign and then a tree. The critically injured victim was airlifted to Randolph Community College Emergency Training Center, and then transferred to UNC Hospitals. The driver of the Chevy received only minor injuries, and police say charges are pending against him.

Multiple studies have confirmed just how dangerous cell phone use and driving can be. Forty percent of all vehicle accidents are caused by distracted drivers engaged in some type of technological activity. Some of the most common activities include texting, emailing, accessing GPS, and surfing the Internet.

Currently, there are 46 states which have implemented text messaging bans and 14 states which have passed hand-held cell phone bans. North Carolina has a no texting ban for all drivers.

A recent study, which was conducted by researchers from Harvard University, found that banning all cell phone use while driving would eliminate over 550,000 injuries caused by distracted drivers every year. There are currently no states which have an all cell phone use for all drivers’ ban. 

If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, contact an experienced North Carolina personal injury attorney today. Our injury firm also offers a free car accident injury guide, which covers topics such as what damages can be claimed, how much a claim may be worth, and how passenger injury cases are different.

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