Durham, NC (PRWEB) September 26, 2013
North Carolina personal injury lawyer Michael Jordan, shareholder at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, said today that a recent accident, which is being investigated for distracted driving, serves as a reminder that texting while driving can have grave consequences.
A Union County, N.C., teenager was critically injured in a car accident on Sept. 10th while on his way to school, according to North Carolina Highway Patrol Troopers speaking to WBTV News, “Troopers: Teen may have been texting before crash with dump truck”(Sept. 11, 2013). The 16-year-old driver collided with a dump truck and police say he may have been texting prior to the car accident.
“While this accident is under investigation, texting while driving remains a serious threat in North Carolina, especially among teenagers. Unfortunately, teens continue to use their cellphones to read or send messages behind the wheel, even though texting while driving is against the law in our state,” said Jordan, whose law firm represents victims of negligence and families who lost loved ones in accidents. “As personal injury lawyers, we have seen the devastating impact of distracted driving accidents. That’s why we fully support educational efforts, particularly campaigns that reach out to young, inexperienced drivers.”
The problem of texting while driving among teenagers has been widely reported. More than one-third of drivers 16 and 17 years old have admitted to texting while driving, according to textinganddrivingsafety.com. The same web site reported that 13% of all car accidents involving drivers 18 to 20 years old occurred while the driver was texting or talking on their cellphone.
Jordan said he urges parents and teachers to speak to teenage drivers about the dangers of distracted driving. He said teenagers should understand that any cellphone use while driving – even just talking on the phone – can increase the risk of an accident.
“Teenagers need to realize that they might not get a second chance if they’re involved in a serious or fatal car accident,” Jordan said. “They could be seriously injured or killed, or they might be responsible for the injuries or death of someone else and that’s something they will have to carry with them for the rest of their lives. We have seen how young lives can be destroyed by distracted driving, and that’s why we fight so hard for victims. We want to help them send a message that careless behavior will not be tolerated on North Carolina roads.”
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The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin is headquartered in the American Tobacco Historic District, adjacent to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, in Durham, North Carolina, with 12 additional offices statewide in Charlotte, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Greenville, Goldsboro, Henderson, New Bern, Raleigh, Roanoke Rapids, Rocky Mount, Sanford and Wilson. The firm’s 32 attorneys focus on the following practice areas: Personal Injury, Workers’ Compensation, Social Security Disability, Eminent Domain, Intellectual Property, Civil Rights, Mass Torts and Products Liability. Three of the attorneys are North Carolina Board Certified Specialists in Workers’ Compensation Law and one is a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Social Security Disability Law. The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin is involved in the community, including sponsorship of local philanthropic organizations and an active employee matching donation program.
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