A 40-year-old trucker from Arkansas pled guilty to reckless and careless driving and to misdemeanor death by motor vehicle charges in a Guilford County courtroom last week, the Greensboro News & Record reports.
The charges stem from a May 9 fatal Greensboro car accident involving her tractor-trailer and a passenger car carrying three brothers and their mother. Two of the boys died from their injuries. The trucker admitted to law enforcement at the scene she had been on her cell phone at the time of the crash, the Winston-Salem Journal reports.
As our injury attorneys in Rock Hill have noted in a prior post to our North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, two-thirds of motorists surveyed recently said they would support a complete ban of cell phone use by drivers.
The driver was, among other things, ordered to pay a $750 fine. She also has had her license suspended for 18 months and received a 75-day (suspended) jail sentence. She is further required to perform various community service acts and participate in public-speaking and distracted driving awareness efforts.
For the father of the two boys killed in this tragic Carolina car accident, justice is far from served. Since shortly after the crash, he has been pushing state lawmakers to advance legislation that bans all cell phone use for North Carolina drivers. As of the sentencing, he says he will now focus his efforts on stiffening penalties for distracted drivers who cause serious or fatal car accidents.
In 2008, tractor-trailers were involved in 3,840 reported North Carolina car accidents. Of those, 67 were fatal and 1,128 left motorists injured, the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles reports. Distracted driving alone was tied to 2,604 car accidents across the state in 2008. According to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, tractor-trailers were involved in more than 3,300 car accidents that left 55 dead and 1,136 injured. Driver distraction across the state was linked to 16 fatalities and 2,422 injuries.
The the Lee & Smith injury lawyers in Gastonia , Hendersonville and Lenoir know that being involved in a serious or fatal Carolina car accident, or losing a loved one to a serious or fatal injury accident, can be devastating. If you are involved in a serious car accident anywhere across the Carolinas, call us at 1-800-887-1965 or email our law offices to schedule a free consultation to discuss your rights.