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Drivers who exchange texts and e-mails behind the wheel can be held civilly liable and criminally responsible for the car accidents and injuries they cause. We all know that already.

But what about the person on the other end of that communication?phone

Courts in several jurisdictions have held that third parties can be liable for injuries caused by that communication – when that third party knew or had reason to know the person with whom they were communicating was driving. It’s a major legal shift, and it’s a sign that society takes seriously the enormous damage that distracted driving can cause and the society responsibility to prevent it.  Continue reading

There are many different forms of in-vehicle distraction, but this may have been a first.

According to a recent news report from Journal Now, a woman is blaming her pet parrot and its coffee drinking habit for her crashing her car into a guardrail. Authorities report her pet parrot distracted 35-year-old accident victim. Her parrot was riding in victim’s car, and apparently not in a cage or any other type of animal carrier at the time of this accident.

o-que-que-h-1430846-m.jpgShe knows her parrot likes drinking coffee, and while she was traveling down the highway, she apparently saw her pet parrot pecking at the lid of her coffee cup located in one of the vehicle’s cup holders. When she looked down to keep an eye on her pet bird, she took her eyes off the road and slammed her car into a guardrail.

Following this rather bizarre single-vehicle car crash, she stated she noticed bird seed in one of her other cup holders next to the coffee cup, and also found a feather near the cup. When first responders arrived at the scene of this car accident, they found her to have suffered a broken arm and several facial lacerations.
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No parent is prepared for the news that they have lost their child in a deadly car accident. After a tragic North Carolina accident, a father tried to reach his son through text messages, but they were never received. While a father warned his son of a major accident on the road, he didn’t realize that his son had been traveling in the backseat. According to state troopers investigating the accident, a 16-year-old was driving recklessly and carelessly when he was involved in a collision that also killed two of his friends and injured another.

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Accident reports indicated that the 16-year-old driver was transporting several of his friends home from school when he lost control of the vehicle and struck several trees before the car overturned. Two of the victims were pronounced dead at the scene while the driver and another passenger were rushed to the hospital. The father of one of the victims heard about the accident and began to text his son. The first text asked simply, “Where are you?” The following texts became more desperate, as the father had gotten word of the wreck less than a mile from the family home.
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Accidents involving pedestrian victims can be deadly, especially when a vehicle is traveling at high speeds. In a tragic case, a 17-year-old girl was killed on Capital Boulevard in Raleigh when she attempted to cross the street. According to reports, the teen was struck when she crossed Capital Boulevard around 7 p.m. She crossed the road while oncoming traffic had a green signal, according to police reports. A 49-year-old driver was headed north when she struck the victim. She pulled over and tried to help while waiting for the authorities to arrive on the scene.


As with any accident case involving a fatality, this case is still under investigation. Authorities have not charged the driver, but do not believe that drugs or alcohol were a cause of the accident. The victim was in critical condition when she was taken to the hospital, but later died of her injuries. According to reports, this was the second accident in the past two months involving a pedestrian crossing at the same intersection. Another victim was struck on September 3rd in a hit and run, but the driver has not yet been located. The first victim suffered serious injuries, which were not life threatening.
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Last year, law enforcement officials throughout North Carolina issued 3,600 citations for texting-and-driving, which became illegal in the state for all drivers in 2009.
People know they shouldn’t text and drive. They know it’s illegal. Yet, nearly a third of drivers admit doing it anyway. For those who are caught, it’s a traffic citation accompanied by a $100 fine. For those who aren’t caught, however, the consequences can be tragic.

Our Charlotte auto accident attorneys know drivers who text are 23 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash, and 95 percent of motorists surveyed said they recognize the heightened danger.
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In a tragic DUI pedestrian accident, a drunk driver struck and killed a North Carolina woman as she walked in Daytona Beach Shores. Reports indicate that the accused motorist has been released on bond. According to reports, the 45-year-old victim was walking with her 21-year-old son and his wife when she was struck by an oncoming vehicle. The accident occurred around 9:30 p.m. when the driver sped down a beach access ramp, crashed through a toll booth and ran over the victim. The driver was arrested at the scene and charged with DUI and manslaughter. The driver will also face criminal penalties for property damage caused by the accident.


In the event of a car accident that results in personal injury or wrongful death, victims and their families should take immediate action to protect their rights. While law enforcement officers and investigators can ensure that a driver is held criminally responsible, an experienced advocate will ensure that you get the compensation you need to cover your expenses and losses. Our Charlotte drunk driving accident attorneys are experienced in the investigation of cases involving DUI accidents. We will take a comprehensive approach to collect evidence, identify responsible parties, and pursue your legal rights in a civil case. Remember that you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, funeral expenses, loss of companionship, lost wages, and any other personal losses you have endured.
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A North Carolina woman was killed in a fiery High Point car accident just seconds after she posted to her Facebook page regarding how happy the “Happy” song made her.
According to news reports, the 32-year-old driver was traveling on Business Route 85 when her vehicle crossed the median, hit a truck, spun off the road and burst into flames. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the truck, 73, was also forced off the road and struck a tree, but he survived.

Charlotte car accident lawyers note authorities have ruled out the possibility that alcohol or drugs was involved, and there is nothing to suggest the woman was speeding. She was young and in good health. That leads investigators to believe, at least preliminarily, that the crash was the proximate result of her distraction in posting to her social media page while driving.
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Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April reminds motorists that distracted driving can be deadly. Drivers face an ever-increasing number of distractions in their vehicles. USA Today reported an increase in drivers manipulating handheld devices from .9 percent in 2010 to 1.3 percent in 2011. Cars are also frequently equipped with standard features like GPS or in-dash navigation and control systems, which drivers may focus on instead of the road. gps-directions-1-1198030-m.jpg

Despite the best efforts of safety advocates, thousands of people keep dying each year because of distracted drivers and many more are seriously injured. In 2011 alone, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported 3,328 fatalities and another 421,000 injuries caused by distracted drivers.
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The phone vibrates. You glance at the glowing screen on the seat next to you. You pick up to quickly take a closer look.
In those few seconds, your life is forever changed.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and our Asheville car accident lawyers believe it’s an important time to underscore the danger that occurs every single time you take your eyes off the road.
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It is widely established and known that distractions are dangerous to drivers, passengers and other motorists on the road. Teen drivers are especially at risk of driving and texting because they are inexperienced and also face other distractions that do not impact adult drivers. According to an NPR report on a recent study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, teen drivers often start off as careful drivers but start to “multi-task” within months of getting behind the wheel. “Multi-tasking” may include eating, texting, or talking on a cell phone.


Drivers in North and South Carolina should avoid distracted driving, but also be aware that teen drivers could pose a significant risk on the road. Our Asheville car accidents attorneys are experienced in helping car accident victims recover compensation after an injury or wrongful death. In addition to protecting the rights of victims and survivors, we are also committed to raising awareness about driver safety to prevent future accidents and injuries.
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