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Americans want to see crackdown on texting and driving


North Carolinians who are frustrated when they see others texting and driving certainly are not alone. In fact, a new poll conducted by the National Safety Council found that 73 percent of Americans want tougher enforcement of texting while driving laws. More than 50 percent of those surveyed would like to see a point system put in place that would cause texting and driving violators to lose their license or be subjected to increased car insurance rates.

Though many Americans want to put a stop to texting and driving, the sad reality is that cell phone usage-related accidents will likely continue to occur. Twenty-one percent of car accidents are believed to be linked to talking on a cell phone, while another five percent are caused by texting while driving. Unfortunately, this means that North Carolina's motorists may be unfairly subjected to preventable accidents caused by a distracted driver.

A car accident can turn a victim's life upside down. He or she may experience physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, and financial loss caused by accumulating medical expenses and lost wages due to missed work. A victim may be unable to participate in the daily activities he or she loves, may be afraid to get on the road again, and may have difficulty making ends meet.

If this is the case, then a victim should consider taking legal action in the form of a personal injury lawsuit. Through this process, a victim seeks to show that the individual they are suing was negligent at the time of the accident and that the negligence caused the victim's compensable injuries. If a settlement can be reached or a jury is convinced of these elements, then compensation may be awarded for the victim's damages. Oftentimes, having an attorney on one's side is beneficial in putting forth the best case possible, so those who are injured in a car wreck should consider if obtaining an attorney is best for them.

Source: U.S. News & World Report, "Get Tougher on Texting While Driving, Americans Say," Robert Preidt, June 26, 2014

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