Despite the known dangers, texting and driving is still one of the most common causes of car accidents. Any activity other than focusing on the road can be a distraction, but when a driver texts while driving, their focus is off the road for much longer than they realize. Texting and driving is quickly becoming responsible for more catastrophic crashes than drunk driving or fatigued driving. One study found that if a driver texts and drives, they are 25 times more likely to be in a car accident than a driver who makes sure their smartphone is put away while they are driving.
Texting and Posting as Evidence
It is not just text messaging that causes drivers to look away from the road. Many people guilty of distracted driving are guilty of posting to their social media accounts while driving.
When a driver causes an accident because of texting or posting on social media, there is electronic evidence of the activity. Each activity is time-stamped and can be used as proof in a personal injury claim if the at-fault driver is not honest about what he or she was doing at the time of the crash. A North Carolina car accident attorney can subpoena those records and use them as evidence should the claim turn into a lawsuit.
Posting about your Injuries
Another important issue when it comes to posting on social media is actual for victims. It is better for your case if you avoid posting anything about your injuries or the accident on any of your social media accounts. It is also better not to post anything about activities you are doing or photos showing yourself out with friends, family, etc. Even though your injuries are legitimate and your pain is real, these postings can be used by the at-fault driver’s insurance company and/or attorney to try to show that your injuries did not affect your life as your personal injury lawsuit claim.
Call Our Carolinas Personal Injury Law Firm
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by another driver, contact the dedicated North Carolina car accident attorneys at Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp for help in preparing and presenting your case for compensation. Our firm has a solid track record of obtaining financial compensation for our clients for medical expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering, emotional anguish, permanent disability, scarring, disfigurement, and more. Our experienced attorneys will help you obtain the maximum amount of compensation possible given the facts and circumstances of your case
It is critical to remember that North Carolina has placed a statute of limitation on how long victims have to file a claim for damages against those responsible for their injuries, so do not delay. Failure to file before that legal deadline could mean you lose any chance of ever filing your claim or getting justice against the person responsible for you or your loved one’s injuries.