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kids fightingWe know how dangerous distracted driving is and how much it can increase our risk of being in a car accident. Millions of dollars have been spent on national campaigns by federal and state agencies, as well as private companies and organizations, stressing the importance of not texting, checking social media, and all other activities that we regularly do on our smartphones.

But what many people do not realize, however, is that there are many other activities that can cause drivers to become distracted from the road in front of them, with the results often tragic. A North Carolina car accident attorney has advocated for many victims who have suffered injuries in the following types of distracted driving accidents:

Children

Most parents can attest to how children can demand their attention, many times to the point of “distraction.” Many parents have experienced a young child in the back seat who has dropped their pacifier or toy and then begins to scream. Mom or Dad frantically reaches behind to feel around for the object so their child will be happy again – all while continuing to drive.

Older children in the back seat may be able to retrieve items they have dropped, however, they have also been known to get into sibling arguments that the parent has to break up. Again, all while continuing to drive.

Studies have shown that having children in the vehicle is actually 12 times more distracting to parents than texting. In fact, it has been shown in several studies that parents who have children in the vehicle with them spend more than three minutes with their eyes off the road for every 16 minutes they are driving.

Other Distracting Dangers

There are other activities that drivers engage in that can contribute to causing a car crash. Eating and drinking while driving because you are running out of time may actually end up stopping you from arriving at all. Another behavior that has been found to contribute to vehicle accidents is smoking while driving. Reaching for cigarettes and trying to light it causes a driver to take their eyes off the road, even for a few seconds. But those few seconds are all it takes to crash into another vehicle.

Let an NC Injury Attorney Help

If you have been injured in a crash caused by a driver who was texting and driving or some other distracted driving behavior, contact a North Carolina car accident attorney to find out what legal recourse you may have. The legal team from Shapiro & Appleton has been advocating for injured clients since 1985 and will do all we can to ensure you receive the best possible outcome under the circumstances of your case. If you would like to meet with one of our skilled North Carolina car accident attorneys to find out how we can help, call us today at 757-578-1079 for a free case evaluation.

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