When North Carolina drivers are asked about ‘distracted driving,’ chances are cell phone, radios, and other portable electronic devices immediately come to mind. But driver distraction takes many forms.
Wilmington, NC (PRWEB) June 23, 2014
Commenting on a recent story about dangers teen drivers face over the summer months, including risk of driver distraction, North Carolina car accident lawyer Richard Flexner of Richard Flexner Law Offices said today it is vitally important for teen drivers traveling with passengers to keep their attention focused on the road and not on passengers inside the vehicle.
Flexner based his comments on a Fox 2 news article, “Parents, beware: These are the 100 deadliest days for teens,” published May 30. The article cites a University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center study of over 50 high school age drivers. The report finds teens who drive with passengers face increased chances of being involved in a car accident.
“When North Carolina drivers are asked about ‘distracted driving,’ chances are cell phone, radios, and other portable electronic devices immediately come to mind,” said Flexner. “But driver distraction takes many forms. Anything that causes a driver to take his or her attention from the primary task of driving can be considered a distraction – including other teenage passengers inside the vehicle.”
According to Fox 2, University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center tracked 52 high school drivers who agreed to have cameras installed in their cars. Researchers said they found teens involved in loud conversations six times more likely to have to make an evasive maneuver to avoid a crash. Furthermore, according to the article, horseplay in the vehicle caused teen crash risks to increase threefold.
Memorial Day through Labor Day is described as the 100 deadliest days for teen drivers, according to Fox News. In fact, officials from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said out of the nearly 1,000 people killed in crashes involving teen drivers from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2012, more than 550 of those killed were teens.
“National Safety Council statistics show passengers increase the risk of a teen driver having a fatal crash nearly 50 percent. The numbers simply do not lie,” said Flexner. “For this reason, it’s important for parents to abide by state laws prohibiting teen drivers from driving with passengers and for teens themselves to avoid putting themselves and their passengers in danger due to a distracted driving car accident.”
Flexner said drivers, passengers and pedestrians injured by a distracted teen driver should contact a car accident lawyer in North Carolina immediately to discuss their legal rights.
About Richard Flexner Law Offices
For over 35 years, attorney Richard Flexner has fought diligently to protect the rights of personal injury victims and families who have lost loved ones in Wilmington and across North Carolina. In addition to handling cases involving drunk driving and impaired accidents and other matters involving personal injury and wrongful death, Flexner represents North Carolinians who need assistance with workers’ compensation claims. Flexner serves New Hanover County, Brunswick County, Pender County and all of North Carolina. He is a member of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice.
If you were injured, or a loved one was injured or killed in a car accident, call 800-FLEXNER today for a free case consultation.
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