Durham Car Accident Attorneys

Were You Hit by a Distracted Driver?

If you’ve been in an auto accident in which the other driver was distracted or texting while driving and you were hurt due to negligence, there are a few things to do right away to help protect yourself. Your case may depend on the information that you gather and how quickly you act. With the help of a knowledgeable and compassionate car accident lawyer, you can recover the damages to your vehicle and get the medical coverage you deserve.

What you should do:

  • At the scene, request driver identification and insurance information and gather all accident information that you can (if injuries permit) such as taking photos of the scene and both vehicles, taking a photo of the other vehicle’s license plates, and asking witnesses for contact information.
  • Obtain medical treatment. This should be your first priority, either on scene if needed or directly after.
  • Request a copy of the police report. This will provide information about the other driver, witnesses, and whether or not the other driver was given a ticket for texting.
  • Contact witnesses to learn if they saw the other driver texting, looking down at their handheld device or otherwise acting distracted. Provide all information to your attorney.
  • Notify your attorney and the prosecuting attorney of any and all injuries.
  • Relay information to your insurance provider about the case, including the other driver’s negligence, and keep your own attorney abreast of what information you provide.

What Is Distracted Driving in North Carolina?

Negligence laws, and distracted driving laws in particular, vary from state to state. In North Carolina, texting while driving is illegal and distracted driving can apply to more than one scenario.

Distracted driving is operating a vehicle without paying full attention to driving, which includes:

  • Driving while pushing multiple buttons on a handheld device (to text or browse the internet);
  • Using any sort of device that requires handheld operation, such as a smart phone or navigation device; and/or
  • Reading email or messages via a handheld device.

Texting and Driving Is Negligence

In the case of blatant distraction or texting and driving, it will be obvious that you were unable to protect yourself during your accident. After the fact, you deserve to have the protection you need. Our experienced auto accident attorneys at Kornbluth Ginsberg Law Group are here to help ease the stress and burden of dealing with legalities and auto insurance carriers so you can focus on getting better. Contact our office to speak with a member of our team of Durham car accident attorneys about your accident today.

Call (919) 336-1932 now and have a member of our team by your side on the road to recovery.

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