Distracted Driving Accident Lawyers in Greenville, NC
If you’ve been injured by a distracted driver, the consequences can be serious and even life-changing. You may need the experience and expertise that only a highly qualified distracted driving lawyer can offer, and Riddle & Brantley is ready to help.
The consultation is free and we don’t get paid unless you do. If we don’t recover compensation for you in your distracted driving accident case, you won’t pay any attorney fees.
Many of our attorneys have close family ties to eastern North Carolina and we strive to provide excellent client service to our Greenville clients. Free, no-obligation consultations are available at our convenient Greenville office in person by appointment only, or we can consult with you from anywhere by phone, email, text, or video conference. We can even come directly to you if you prefer.
You don’t have to hire a Greenvillle personal injury attorney for your distracted driving car accident injury case, but we strongly recommend it if you’re seeking the most compensation possible.
Distracted Driving in Greenville, North Carolina
Distracted driving is on the rise in North Carolina, and the city of Greenville is no exception. Greenville is home to many busy roadways, including US-13, US-264, NC-43, and NC-903, and accidents are common. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) reports that nearly 19 percent of all motor vehicle accidents in North Carolina in 2019 involved driver distraction.
In Greenville, that means that an estimated 616 auto accidents involved distracted driving in 2019. These accidents are especially unfortunate because they are often entirely preventable.
Common Causes of Distracted Driving
While many associated distracted driving with cell phone use (especially texting), there are many behaviors that can contribute to driver distraction, including:
- Texting and cell phone use
- Using the GPS or navigation system
- Adjusting the radio or entertainment system
- Watching a video
- Talking with passengers
- Reading while driving
- Doing one’s hair or makeup
- Eating while driving
“Is Distracted Driving Illegal in North Carolina?”
While “distracted driving” itself is not illegal in North Carolina, it is against the law to text while driving — and use of a cell phone (even a hands-free device) by a driver under the age of 18 is also prohibited.
Certain other restrictions apply. Bus drivers are not allowed to use cell phones while driving, either, and federal law prohibits texting by commercial truck drivers.
Violations can result in fines ranging from $100 in more typical cases, to several thousand dollars, in the case of violations of federal trucking laws.
Proving Fault in Distracted Driving Accidents
The distracted driver is typically at full or partial fault in a car accident, however, an experienced personal injury lawyer can help prove liability to ensure that maximum compensation is recovered for the injured victim.
In accidents involving driver distraction, evidence may include:
- The official accident report
- Witness testimony
- Medical records
- Surveillance video and dash cam footage
- Photos and video of the crash scene
- Cell phone records
“How Long Do I Have to File a Distracted Driving Accident Claim?”
If you’ve been injured due to the actions of a negligent, distracted driver, you have a limited amount of time to file a claim or lawsuit. This period is called the “statute of limitations.” In North Carolina, in most cases, you have three years from the date of injury to file a personal injury claim. In wrongful death cases, that time is more limited — just two years from the date of death.
A car accident lawyer handling distracted driving accident cases can help evaluate your case and make sure you don’t miss any important deadlines.
Distracted Driving Attorney in Greenville, NC
If you’ve been injured in a car accident involving a distracted driver, you may be entitled to significant compensation, and our experienced car accident lawyers in Greenville, NC are ready to help.
The consultation is free, and you won’t pay any attorney fees unless we win your case and you receive compensation.
Our attorneys have more than 220+ years of combined legal experience, and we’re ready to help however we can. We pride ourselves on putting our clients first.
“You’ll walk in the door as a client but leave as family. They’re the absolute best.”
–Susan S., Riddle & Brantley client
Don’t wait — the longer you wait to have your case investigated, the harder it may be to win your case and recover the compensation you need and deserve. We are ready to help.
*** Disclaimer: The results mentioned are intended to illustrate the type of cases handled by the firm. These results do not guarantee a similar outcome, and they should not be construed to constitute a promise or guarantee of a particular result in any particular case. Every case is different, and the outcome of any case depends upon a variety of factors unique to that case.