Texting While Driving Accident Attorney in Greenville, NC
The consequences of texting while driving can be devastating. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) estimates that roughly 19 percent of auto accidents in North Carolina in 2019 involved driver distraction, and many of those accidents undoubtedly involved texting while driving. If you’ve been injured by a distracted driver, a texting while driving accident lawyer at Riddle & Brantley may be able to help.
There are no upfront costs, and you won’t pay any attorney fees unless we win your case and you receive compensation. We can meet you in person by appointment only at our convenient Greenville location, or consult with you from anywhere, anytime by phone, email, text, or video conference.
Texting While Driving Statistics
Texting while driving is a problem across North Carolina, and Greenville is no exception. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2019 distracted driving claimed 3,142 lives across the country.
Texting behind the wheel is one of the most common causes of distracted driving. In 2017, for instance, NHTSA reported that cell phone use was involved in 14 percent of distracted driving accidents. NHTSA also reported that in 2017, 434 fatalities involved cell phone use while driving.
Texting and Driving Accidents in Greenville, NC
Based on NHTSA’s reports and city-specific crash data reported by NCDOT, we can reasonably estimate that roughly 454 car accidents in Greenville in 2019 involved cell phone use, presumably much of which included texting while driving.
Texting while driving is a growing problem despite the government’s attempts to curb it. In North Carolina, for instance, texting while driving is illegal — and cell phone use is prohibited for drivers less than 18 years old. Cell phone use is also prohibited by school bus drivers, and federal law prohibits truck drivers from using their phones while driving, as well.
Fines for texting while driving in North Carolina range from $100 for most infractions to thousands of dollars for school bus driver or commercial truck driver violations.
Damages Available in a Greenville Texting and Driving Accident Claim
Depending on the unique facts and circumstances of your case, you may be eligible for various types of compensation. A texting and driving accident lawyer can help determine your eligibility and develop a legal plan for seeking compensation.
Damages that may be available to you in your texting and driving accident injury claim include:
- Medical Bills — You may be reimbursed for medical costs resulting from a texting and driving accident, including but not limited to expenses related to hospital visits, doctor appointments, physical therapy and rehabilitation, medications, surgeries, home care, and more.
- Lost Wages — If you’re forced to take time off work for recovery, you may be entitled to compensation to make up for your lost income.
- Loss of Future Income — Some texting and driving accidents may result in injuies so severe that you’re unable to return to the work you did previously. In this case, you may be entitled to additional compensation to make up for your loss of future earning potential.
- Pain and Suffering — You may also be entitled to “non-economic” damages, including compensation for emotional injury, loss of companionship or consortium with a spouse, or permanent scarring or disfigurement. “Pain and suffering” can be difficult to calculate, but a texting and driving accident lawyer can help.
Hiring a personal injury lawyer can dramatically increase the chances that you receive compensation in a case. According to one recent study, those who hire an attorney received three times more compensation on average than those who represented themselves.
In more than 35 years serving the people of North Carolina, Riddle & Brantley’s Greenville personal injury attorneys have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for our valued clients (see disclaimer below). We’d love to help you however we can.
Greenville Texting and Driving Lawyer
At Riddle & Brantley, we believe Justice Counts, and we’re determined to get justice and compensation for our valued clients. If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by another driver texting and driving, we’d love to see how we can help.
There are no upfront costs and no attorney fees unless we win your case and you receive compensation.
“I felt very confident in Riddle & Brantley representing me. I would not hesitate to recommend them at all.”
–Kathleen Y., Riddle & Brantley client
*** 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.