What Are the Consequences of Texting and Driving?
As the popularity of cell phones continues to rise, so do the ramifications. The ability to be connected and available to communicate is a privilege that most people have in the United States. However, sometimes that privilege can turn into a life-threatening distraction when brought onto the road.
Texting and Driving Accident Statistics
In 2020, per a report from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), distracted driving was the cause of 44,128 car accidents. A further look into a specific type of distraction showed that:
- 1,186 car accidents occurred due to texting and driving
- 410 injuries from these accidents
- Two people died as a result
According to North Carolina law (§ 20-137.4A), texting while driving is illegal for all drivers over the age of 18. Certain exceptions can be made for first responders performing their duties and minors who are either communicating with first responders or their parents/guardians. As a “primary enforcement law” state, law enforcement can issue a ticket if a driver is observed texting and driving.
Fines for texting and driving are a minimum of $100 and can be even harsher for bus and commercial drivers. If a school bus driver is caught texting and driving, the offense becomes a Class 2 misdemeanor.
Effects on Insurance Rates
As texting and driving becomes a more common cause of distracted driving car accidents, insurance rates have been seen to rise. North Carolina saw an insurance premium increase of almost 14 percent in 2020, with distracted driving being a significant factor. Car insurance companies are even starting to track drivers who text and drive, basing their rates on how frequently the driver uses their cell phone.
Car Accident Attorneys in Durham
The car accident attorneys at Wallace Pierce Law have dedicated themselves to helping individuals through their complex car accident cases. With years of experience representing clients who have been injured, the Durham-based attorneys are committed to fighting for your rights while you focus on recovery.
If you have been involved in a car accident due to texting and driving, we are here to help. Call our firm today at (919) 887-7892 or fill out a form online to quickly get in touch with a member of our team.