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Public views texting and driving as greatest accident threat

Seeing someone using their smartphone behind the wheel of a vehicle has become a common sight in North Carolina. The National Safety Council documented a 6 percent rise in traffic fatalities between 2015 and 2016, and smartphones are suspected as a source of driver distraction.

A survey sponsored by the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America discovered that the majority of Americans viewed smartphone use by drivers as their top traffic safety concern. A full 99 percent of respondents considered interacting with social media while driving to be a hazard. Texting came in with 98 percent disapproval. These activities edged out marijuana use as a danger, which 91 percent of survey takers labeled as a problem.

Scientists have yet to pinpoint the level of marijuana intoxication that impairs driving ability. As states continue to legalize marijuana for medical and recreational use, a senior vice president of policy development and research for PCI said that additional research must be conducted so that law enforcement can identify drugged drivers.

When intoxicated or distracted drivers make mistakes, they can leave accident victims with serious injuries, including brain trauma. Medical expenses, lost income and permanent disability could result. A person struggling in the aftermath of a car accident might want to enlist the services of a personal injury attorney. Legal representation could relieve the person of the burden of documenting accident evidence and medical costs. An attorney might be able to arrange for an independent investigation, gathering additional evidence to strengthen a lawsuit. Meetings with an insurance adjuster could be managed by an attorney as well as any courtroom proceedings. When possible, an attorney might identify private assets of the negligent driver that could provide compensation for the victim beyond the scope of insurance coverage.

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