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Legislators Get Serious About Texting and Driving

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Texting and driving – we all know it’s a “no, no,” but as drivers continue to ignore warnings, legislators are getting serious about enforcing the rule.

“Distractions while driving” has been part of mainstream conversation about accident causes for years. Whether it’s eating, changing the radio station, or talking on a cell phone, research supports the idea that these drivers bring serious risk to the road.

According to textinganddrivingsafety.com, texting while driving accounts for:

  • 1,600,000 accidents per year;
  • 330,000 injuries per year;
  • 11 teen deaths every day;
  • And nearly 25% of all car accidents

Legislative Response

That’s a lot of death and destruction that could have easily been prevented. So what are legislators doing about it? A few recent changes to laws in many states have been:

  • Disallowing talking verbally on the phone, without a hands-free device;
  • Prohibiting all cell phone use, handheld or hands-free;
  • And considering cell phone usage while driving a “primary offense,” (meaning you can be pulled over specifically for it, without the officer citing an additional reason).

NC’s Laws on Texting and Driving

In North Carolina, all drivers are prohibited from texting while driving and it is a primary offense. Only school bus and novice drivers are prohibited from all cell phone usage, both handheld and hands-free.

Harmed by a Distracted Driver?

Cell phone usage is such a grave issue because each accident it causes could have been prevented. If you, or someone you love, were a victim of a distracted driver’s negligence, take action now – call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078.

We’re tired of seeing people injured, or killed, as the result of cell phone use. If you have been injured by a distracted driver, don’t become a victim of their insurance company as well – make sure your rights are protected, contact us today. Representatives are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to offer a no-cost evaluation of your case.

Hit and Run Drivers May be Unlicensed & Uninsured

According to WCNC, a terrible accident occurred on a weekend in early March. The accident left two people dead, including a young child. Tragically, the driver who was responsible for the accident fled the scene instead of staying to see if he could provide any assistance to the injured victims.

The driver has since been arrested and WCNC indicates that it has been determined that he is an undocumented immigrant. WCNC reported that, if convicted for the fatal hit-and-run accident, the driver will be obligated to serve out his jail sentence and will be deported after he has done so.

While it is has not yet been confirmed, there is a good chance that the driver may not have had a valid license or insurance due to his undocumented status. Our car accident attorneys know that many hit-and-run accidents occur because of drivers without the proper license and insurance. Those who are victims of these accidents may be unable to obtain the compensation they deserve.

Hit and Run Drivers and Automobile Insurance

In the state of North Carolina, drivers are all required to have automobile insurance. This insurance protects accident victims because if a driver causes a crash, his or her insurance will pay for damages that the accident victim suffers as a result.

Unfortunately, not every driver obtains insurance despite what the law says. Some drivers do not obtain insurance because they cannot do so, often because they have no valid driver’s license. This is a problem among those who are in the U.S. illegally and who do not have a license as a result, but it is also a problem among many other people as well including those with a suspended license or those who cannot pass a driving test.

Any time a driver has no insurance, that driver presents a great risk to others on the road. If the uninsured driver gets into an accident, he is supposed to pay the bills of any costs that victims incur as a result of the crash. Without insurance, few drivers have assets to cover the medical bills, lost wages and other damages, which can often total in the thousands or hundreds-of-thousands of dollars.

Further, a scared driver with no license or no insurance may be far more likely to hit and run because he knows he is breaking the law due to the lack of insurance. This could result in the victim being injured more seriously than if the driver who caused the crash stays to get medical help.

In situations where the person who causes the crash is an undocumented immigrant, then the problem may be even worse. If the undocumented immigrant has no insurance and is deported after the accident, then there will be no way for the accident victim to obtain compensation. Further, in some cases, there may be added incentive for an undocumented immigrant to leave an accident scene due to fear of being discovered and deported by the police.

What to Do If You Were in a Hit-and-Run with an Uninsured Driver

Accident victims in these circumstances should determine if their own insurance will pay through an uninsured/underinsured motorist policy. Whether an insurer will pay and how much will be paid is going to depend upon the type and extent of coverage the victim bought when he purchased his own auto insurance.  An experienced attorney can help accident victims to review their policy language and information in order to determine if an uninsured motorist claim is a viable solution.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, contact the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin for a free and confidential case evaluation. Call 1-866-900-7078.