Cell Phone Use Blamed in Fatal Ashville Traffic Collision

As we recently reported on our North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, the month of April is being used by safe-driving advocates to push National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Unfortunately, not all drivers in the state of North Carolina are listening.
According to the Citizen-Times, a driver involved in a recent fatal accident is facing blame after officers discovered she was on the phone when the accident happened. Following the accident, police officers obtained phone records that showed the woman was on the phone just seconds before impact. In this accident, it was that phone call that ended her life in the accident on Interstate 40.

Our Asheville car accident lawyers understand that the phone records show that the woman was repeatedly dialing a phone number as her vehicle slammed into the back of another vehicle on that Interstate. While officials are trying to tackle text messaging and driving, which has proved to be more dangerous, we must all remember that using a cell phone in any way while driving is extremely dangerous.

Officers report that the woman was driving east in the right lane of the Interstate just before 10:00 a.m. when the accident happened. There was a driver who was stopped in that same lame because of some traffic resulting from an earlier accident. Accident reports state that the woman didn’t slow her vehicle at all before slamming into the car in front of her. The two people who were in the first car were taken to a local hospital and treated for injuries.

While investigating the accident, officers found three phones in the distracted driver’s vehicle. After obtaining a search warrant, officers were able to obtain those phone records.

According to the AAA Foundation for traffic safety, talking on a cell phone behind the wheel quadruples your risks of being involved in an accident. It’s these dangerous driving habits that are a factor in close to 8,000 accidents each and every day.

“Don’t handle a cellphone while you are in forward motion operating your vehicle,” officer Ann Fowler said.

As we continue through National Distracted Driving Month, we want to remind drivers that there is no phone call and no text message that should be worth risking your own life or the life of innocent travelers around you. Remember that in the state of North Carolina, all drivers are prohibited from text messaging behind the wheel. Although only drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from talking on a cell phone in the driver’s seat, we all know right from wrong. So hang up the phone and save a life. If you have a phone call or a text message you need to deal with, your safest bet is to pull over somewhere, come to a safe stop and then handle it. There’s no point in taking your eyes off the road to do it.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident, contact the Asheville injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices today by calling 800-887-1965.

More Blog Entries:

NCDOT Targets Zombies in New Distracted Driving Video, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, April 11, 2013

Are Hands-Free Devices the Answer to the Distracted Driving Problem?, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, April 6, 2013

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