Wilmington, NC Car Accident Attorney Richard Flexner Weighs in On News Report about the Effectiveness of Texting Bans in Preventing Car Accidents

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A study’s finding that texting bans are preventing accidents nationwide should serve as a call to action to North Carolina legislators to pass similar laws, according to Wilmington, NC car accident attorney Richard Flexner.

By implementing legislation to deter drivers from texting, North Carolina roads and highways would undoubtedly become a safer place for all drivers.

Commenting on a recent HealthDay news article about the effectiveness of texting bans in preventing car accidents, North Carolina car accident attorney Richard Flexner said today implementing a more comprehensive statewide texting ban could help prevent crashes involving distracted drivers.

Flexner, founding attorney at Richard Flexner Law Offices, based his comments on an April 3 HealthDay News article, “Texting Bans Tied to Drop in Car Crash Injuries.” The article cited a recent study that finds states with texting bans to have experienced a decrease in accidents compared to states without bans on texting and driving.

“North Carolina drivers under age 18 are banned from texting while driving,” Flexner said. “However, the state lacks a ban on texting and driving for drivers over age 18. By implementing legislation to deter drivers from texting, North Carolina roads and highways would undoubtedly become a safer place for all drivers.”

In the absence of a statewide ban for all drivers, Flexner said motorists should make wise decisions and choose not to text while behind the wheel. He said drivers who have trouble staying away from their smartphones should leave their devices out of reach, such as in the glove box or even in trunk of the vehicle.

According to HealthDay, researchers from the Texas A&M School of Public Health studied hospitalization rates between 2003 and 2010 nationwide. The study found that hospitalization rates in states with texting bans declined by 7 percent compared to states without laws against texting and driving, HealthDay reported.

Furthermore, HealthDay reported that states with primarily enforced texting bans experienced the sharpest decline in hospitalization rates. A primary texting ban allows law enforcement officials to pull over drivers just on the suspicion of texting, whereas secondary texting bans only allow officers to issue citations for texting after another offense – such as speeding or running a red light – has been determined, according to the HealthDay report.

“There’s no secret about it: North Carolina constantly ranks among the most dangerous states for drivers. Texting and driving remains one of the largest safety issues facing drivers from Greensboro to Wilmington,” Flexner said. “Drivers who choose to text while driving need to be sent a message: that their reckless and careless behavior will not be tolerated by law enforcement officials, let alone accident victims and personal injury attorneys.”

Flexner said anyone injured because of a distracted driver should speak to an attorney as soon as possible. A lawyer can hold the responsible driver accountable and fight for compensation, he said.

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 fatigued truck drivers, car 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 an accident, call 800-FLEXNER (800-353-9637) today for a free case consultation.

Richard Flexner Law Offices are located at:
3805 Oleander Dr
Wilmington, NC 28403

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