A reported distracted driving accident in Gastonia on Interstate-85 resulted in serious injuries when a driver on her cell phone reportedly crashed into a stopped semi-truck on the side of the highway.
The truck had just been in a crash in which another vehicle tried to merge into the same lane and the two collided. The two occupants of the smaller car in that accident suffered minor injuries, and they stopped alongside the shoulder, as did the truck. A few minutes later, the distracted driver reportedly slammed into the back of the semi. Authorities say there was no evidence the woman even attempted to brake before the collision. She was reportedly trying to make a phone call. Police don’t believe speed or impairment were factors. Driver suffered serious injuries and was air-lifted to a hospital in Charlotte.
Although North Carolina law prohibits drivers from texting while driving – including entering multiple numbers and letters into a phone while the vehicle is in motion – it continues to be a serious problem. It’s expected that car insurance premiums may go up this year with an uptick in such crashes. Continue reading