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Texting and Driving Accident Law Firm

Welcome to The Law Offices of John M. McCabe, the leading authority in North Carolina on texting and driving accident cases. We're dedicated to defending the rights of victims of texting and driving accidents, and we're here to fight for justice on your behalf.

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Call us at (866) 907-1145 24/7 to arrange to speak with a personal injury lawyer about your case, or contact us through the website today.

Our firm is built on the core belief that nobody should have to suffer due to another person's reckless decisions. The use of mobile phones while driving has unfortunately become a common practice, leading to a dramatic increase in serious accidents on our roads. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a texting and driving incident, we're here to ensure your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you deserve.

What a Texting and Driving Accident Law Firm Can Do For You

Our team at The Law Offices of John M. McCabe specializes in the complexities of texting and driving accident law. We provide a comprehensive range of services, including but not limited to:

Case Assessment

We thoroughly evaluate your case, determining the full extent of the responsible party's liability and the compensation you're entitled to.

Claim Filing & Negotiation

We handle all aspects of the claim process on your behalf. Our skilled team ensures the strongest possible case is presented, and we negotiate tenaciously with insurance companies to secure maximum compensation.

Trial Representation

If negotiations are not successful, we are prepared to take your case to court. With a formidable track record of courtroom victories, we aggressively advocate for you in front of a jury.

Post-Judgment Services

Even after a judgment is rendered, we continue to support our clients with any necessary legal proceedings, ensuring you receive your rightful compensation.

The Impact of Texting and Driving

Texting and driving is a form of distracted driving. When drivers divert their attention to send a text, they remove their focus from the road, leading to slower reaction times and impaired judgment.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for about 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that's like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed.

The consequences of these few seconds can be catastrophic, leading to severe accidents and devastating injuries. Despite North Carolina’s stringent laws against texting while driving, many still disregard them, often with deadly outcomes.

Texting and Driving Accident Statistics

  • According to the NHTSA, in 2019, 3,142 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. This represents a 10% decrease from 2018 when 3,490 people were killed in such incidents.
  • Despite various public awareness campaigns and legal measures, it is estimated that at any given moment during daylight hours, over 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or other electronic devices while driving in the United States.
  • Texting while driving is particularly problematic among younger drivers. A 2019 survey by the CDC found that 39% of high school students who drove in the past 30 days reported texting or emailing while driving.
  • According to a study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, text messaging increases the risk of a crash or near-crash by 23 times.

Common Injuries in Texting and Driving Accidents

 Texting and Driving Accident Law Firm

The nature and severity of injuries sustained in a texting and driving accident can vary widely, often depending on factors like speed, the angle of impact, and whether occupants were wearing seat belts. Here are some of the most common injuries we see:

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)

These can range from mild concussions to severe brain damage. TBIs can cause:

  • memory loss
  • cognitive impairment
  • emotional changes
  • and physical disabilities.

Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries can result in partial or complete paralysis, often drastically altering a victim’s life.

Broken Bones: These are common in high-impact collisions and can require surgery and extensive physical therapy.

Internal Injuries

Damage to organs, internal bleeding, or punctured lungs are serious conditions that require immediate medical attention.

Psychological Injuries

The mental trauma from an accident can lead to conditions like:

  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • anxiety
  • and depression

North Carolina Texting and Driving Laws

Texting and Driving

Under North Carolina General Statutes Section 20-137.4A, it is illegal for all drivers to send or read text messages or emails while operating a motor vehicle. This includes when you're stopped at a red light or in traffic. The law makes an exception for navigation programs and calling emergency services.

Cellphone Use for Young Drivers

For drivers under the age of 18, the laws are more stringent. According to North Carolina General Statutes Section 20-137.3, drivers under 18 are not allowed to use any mobile phone or technology while driving, except in the event of an emergency.

Commercial Drivers

Commercial drivers are also subject to strict regulations. They are not allowed to use a mobile device to text or call while driving, with the only exception being to call 911 or other emergency services.

Violations of these laws are considered infractions and can result in fines and, in some cases, points against the driver's license. Additionally, if a texting driver causes an accident that leads to injuries or fatalities, they can be held liable for the damages.

Let's Reduce Texting and Driving Accident Numbers

At The Law Offices of John M. McCabe, we believe in the power of awareness and education in reducing texting and driving incidents. We encourage everyone to understand the potentially devastating consequences of this negligent behavior. It's crucial to remind ourselves and our loved ones that no text is so urgent that it cannot wait until we are safely parked.

How We Can Help

At The Law Offices of John M. McCabe, we understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll a texting and driving accident can have on victims and their families. Our goal is to relieve your legal burden so you can focus on healing and recovery.

FREE Consultations

Call us at (866) 907-1145 24/7 to arrange to speak with a personal injury lawyer about your case, or contact us through the website today.

Texting and Driving Accident Law Firm FAQs

What is a texting and driving accident lawyer?

A texting and driving accident lawyer specializes in handling cases where an accident was caused by a driver who was distracted because they were texting. These attorneys understand the specific laws related to distracted driving and can help victims navigate the legal system to receive compensation for their injuries.

How can a texting and driving accident lawyer help me?

A lawyer can help you by collecting evidence, filing claims, negotiating with insurance companies, and if necessary, representing you in court. They will work to prove that the other driver was at fault by being distracted and that their actions led to your injuries.

I wasn’t the one texting, but I got into an accident with someone who was. What should I do?

First and foremost, seek medical attention even if you think your injuries are minor. Then, gather as much information as you can from the scene, including the other driver’s information and any witness statements. Contact a texting and driving accident lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your case.

What kind of compensation can I receive if I was a victim of a texting and driving accident?

You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, future medical care, lost wages, reduced earning capacity, pain and suffering, and other damages depending on the specific circumstances of your case.

The driver who hit me was texting, but I was also partly at fault. Can I still receive compensation?

North Carolina follows a "contributory negligence" rule, which means that if you're found to be even slightly at fault, you may not be able to recover any compensation. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. It's crucial to discuss your case with a skilled lawyer to understand your options.

Do I need a lawyer if the insurance company has already offered me a settlement?

Yes. Insurance companies often try to minimize payouts. A lawyer can review the settlement offer to ensure it adequately covers your current and future needs. If it doesn't, they can negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf.

How much does a texting and driving accident lawyer cost?

At The Law Offices of John M. McCabe, we work on a contingency fee basis. This means we don't get paid unless you win your case. During your free initial consultation, we'll provide more details about our fee structure.

What should I bring to my initial consultation?

Bring any documents or evidence related to your case, such as medical records, police reports, photos of the accident scene, witness contact information, and your insurance policy information.

How long do I have to file a claim?

In North Carolina, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is typically three years from the date of the accident. However, it's important to consult with an attorney as soon as possible to ensure all deadlines are met.

How can I get started with my claim?

Contact The Law Offices of John M. McCabe to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. We're here to listen to your story, answer your questions, and explain your legal options.

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