The law can be slow to catch up to modern technology. For example, it is against the law to text and drive in North Carolina. The law was passed in 2009, and does not specifically prohibit accessing social media like Facebook or Twitter on your mobile device. However, the statute does ban any typing on a cellphone to communicate with others, so some social media activity may be covered.
But as lawmakers and residents become more and more aware of the dangers of distracted driving, there remain some people in the state who do not put their phone away while on the road. Sadly, this means that distracted driving crashes remain a serious problem in North Carolina.
In one of the most recent tragedies caused by distracted driving, a 32-year-old woman in a car accident, moments after uploading a comment on Facebook. She lost control while driving on Business Route 85 and crossed the median. Her car crashed into a truck before going off the road and igniting. The woman died at the scene.
One minute before someone called 911 about the fatal crash, a status update appeared on the woman’s Facebook page. “The happy song makes me HAPPY,” the message read, an apparent reference to the hit song by Pharrell Williams. Police also believe that the woman was taking self-portraits with her phone’s camera shortly before the accident.
The other driver was not injured. But often, responsible drivers, passengers and pedestrians are the victims of distracted drivers. They may be killed or suffer permanent disability because somebody did not take their responsibility to the public seriously. When that happens, the distracted driver should be held financially responsible for the harm he or she caused.
Source: The Post-Standard, “Woman dies in car wreck moments after posting about ‘happy song’ on Facebook,” John Mariani, April 27, 2014