Too many of the Carolinas' citizens are being injured or killed by drivers who drive recklessly or carelessly when talking on cell phones or sending text messages.
Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) February 1, 2010
With a new North Carolina law banning text messages while driving -- and new studies that underscore the dangers of that practice -- Charlotte lawyer Ted A. Greve is taking the lead in cautioning NC motorists through a new video series.
"Texting while behind the wheel is not only dangerous it's also illegal," said Greve, the founding lawyer of Ted A. Greve & Associates, P.A., a North Carolina personal injury firm with offices in Charlotte, Gastonia, Raleigh, Durham, Shelby, Monroe and Rock Hill, S.C. "Too many of the Carolinas' citizens are being injured or killed by drivers who drive recklessly or carelessly when talking on cell phones or sending text messages."
Greve's firm has produced videos about unsafe driving practices, including texting. The new videos, titled "Rules of the Road," can be viewed on the firm's Web site at http://www.mydrted.net/testimonials.html.
Greve notes in the texting video: "The average brake time is 18 percent slower when you're on the phone." Other videos address dangerous driving habits such as speeding and impaired driving.
The videos have been released at a time of heightened concern about the dangers of mixing driving with texting or cell phone use:
- As of Dec. 1, 2009, North Carolina drivers caught texting while driving face a fine of $100, plus court fees.
- A study released in December 2009 by University of Utah psychologists found that motorists who wrote text messages while driving were six times more likely to crash than those who didn't text while driving.
- A study released in January 2010 by the National Safety Council found that 28 percent of all traffic accidents occurred as people talked on cell phones or sent text messages while driving.
- On Jan. 26, the federal Transportation Department announced a new ban on texting by truck and bus drivers while operating commercial vehicles.
"The accident statistics are alarming and should be a warning message to all Carolina drivers who text or use a cell phone while behind the wheel," Greve said. "The message is simple -- if your use of a handheld device leads to an accident, you can be held accountable for the injuries and damage you cause."
About Ted A. Greve and Associates, P.A.
Ted A. Greve and Associates, P.A. is a personal injury law firm established in 1993 with locations in Charlotte, Concord, Durham, Gastonia, Monroe, Raleigh, Shelby and Rock Hill, SC. The firm handles all types of personal injury claims, including automobile and truck accidents. For more information, visit Ted A. Greve and Associates, P.A. at http://www.mydrted.com or call 1-800-375-9190.