Most North Carolina motorists are already aware that distracted drivers increase the chances of auto accidents. What many people fail to realize is just how big a problem distraction while driving can be for younger drivers with little experience.
One of the best things you can do for yourself following a car accident in North Carolina is to become familiar with your legal options. Even accidents that seem minor in the moment can result in motor vehicle injuries, some of which may not appear until some time after the accident. To protect yourself from having to pay out of pocket for medical care or lost wages, it's important to begin your education as soon as possible following the collision.
According to New Hanover County police officers, distracted driving is a big problem in North Carolina. Even though April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, New Hanover County officials focus on this issue all the time. A sergeant with the sheriff's office called it a high priority and explained that they write tickets for distracted driving every day. He went on to point out that emerging technologies such as smart phones contribute to this growing nationwide problem.
According to witnesses at the scene, a dark colored car attempted to make an illegal pass on NC 43 near Falkland, triggering a four car accident. One of the vehicles involved in the car collision was a Disabled American Veterans van carrying two people. The passenger in the van died and the driver was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Several witnesses observed the black or dark gray car trying to pass in a no-pass zone just before the accident occurred.