Many states have laws in place prohibiting the use of mobile devices while driving, including North Carolina. According to the North Carolina General Assembly, it is not lawful to compose texts/emails, nor read texts/emails while operating a motor vehicle. Violating this law incurs a fine of $100, unless the driver is operating a school bus. In that case, the driver can be found guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor.
Using a mobile device behind the wheel can also cause serious accidents, as well as injuries that may have life-altering effects for the people impacted. Of course, texting while driving is not the only type of distraction that causes issues. Here are a few distracted behaviors drivers should avoid, which will ensure your safety, as well as the safety of others.
Eating while driving
Most drivers have been guilty of eating behind the wheel. While this behavior seems harmless, imagine what might happen if a driver drops food on their lap or spills their hot coffee. Safe driving requires means eyes on the road, hands on the wheel, and mind on the task at hand.
Listening to music too loudly
Motorists must be alert and aware of everything that is going on around them. When you play music too loudly in your vehicle, you will miss important auditory cues. This includes sirens from emergency vehicles, like ambulances and police cars.
Being distracted by kids and pets
Securing young kids in the appropriate car seat is crucial to protect them while driving. Older kids should be strapped in with a seat belt, and are best protected in the back seat until they reach an appropriate age. When traveling with cats, they should be placed in a carrier, while dogs can be secured via a canine seatbelt and harness.
Carrying on a conversation with passengers
Driver distractions can also be cognitive, such as daydreaming or conversing with passengers. Limit conversations as much as possible, and insist that rowdy passengers behave themselves until you reach your destination.
If you have been injured by a distracted driver and are not sure where to turn, please contact our firm for more information. We will review the facts of your case and develop an effective legal strategy to protect your best interests.