For one Raleigh, N.C. family, reaching for a sippy cup dropped by a three-year-old was all it took. Mom only took her eyes from the road for a split second, but it was just enough time for the family car to leave the road and hit a tree, the Pocono Record reports.
The 2001 Raleigh car accident left the then toddler, who is now 12, with a traumatic head injury that has left her severely handicapped and completely dependent upon others for life-long care.
In 2008, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that more than 500,000 people were injured and 5,870 were killed in car accidents involving distracted drivers.
As car accident attorneys with Lee & Smith, P.A. noted in an earlier post to our North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers blog, distracted driving now ranks with speeding and alcohol as a leading cause of serious and fatal car accidents nationwide. And distracted driving isn’t just referring to chatting on a cell phone or texting. The NHTSA defines distracted driving as any non-driving activity that increases the risk of crashing. A distraction can be a simple as taking your eyes from the road to check an incoming text message, to reach for a lost sippy cup or to daydream about an upcoming dinner date. Just a two-second diversion from the task of driving can have potentially devastating consequences.
If you have been injured or someone you love has been killed or injured in a North Carolina car accident from Asheville to Charlotte to Gastonia to Winston-Salem or anywhere in between, the attorneys with Lee & Smith, P.A. want you to know we are here to help. We hope that if you are involved in a serious car accident you will call us at 1-800-887-1965 or email our law offices to schedule a free consultation to discuss your rights.