Local Man Texts While Driving, Causes Four-Car Wreck
Last Thursday morning, disaster struck near exit 2 of I-540, ending in wreck involving four vehicles. According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, a family had pulled over to a nearby median to change a flat tire on their car—a mother and her two children got out of the car to wait during the repair. At around 9:30 a.m., according to police reports, 26-year-old driver Aaron Artis looked down at his phone to check a text message as he approached the area. When he looked up, reports say, he saw that he was speeding toward the family, causing him to swerve and hit another car.
The driver of the vehicle that was hit, Laura Labdon, of Raleigh, was transported to Duke University Hospital with serious injuries, according to investigators. The mother who was standing in the median, Adriana Sepulveda, was also taken to Duke with minor injuries, reports say. Fortunately, the two children who were also in the median, aged 5 and 10, were not hit. As a result of the wreck, Artis, who is a resident of Cary, been charged with texting while driving and failure to maintain lane control, according to police reports.
Distracted driving—especially involving drivers using their phones—is a major issue not just in the Triangle, but all over the country. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 9 people are killed and 1,060 are injured in vehicle wrecks involving a distracted driver. And it’s something many people are guilty of. In fact, when the CDC polled participants during a recent study, 69% of drivers in the United States aged 18-64 admitted to talking on their cell phone while driving within 30 days of being surveyed, and 31% had read or sent text messages or e-mails while driving in the same time frame.
Texting while driving is a very unsafe practice—and yet, it’s a growing epidemic throughout the state. It’s important for us at the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood that every North Carolina citizen knows his or her rights involving personal injury from a wreck caused by distracted driving. When the party who caused the wreck is found to have been acting negligently, like by sending a text, reading a text, or otherwise, Personal Injury Laws compensate those suffering the injuries for monetary, physical or psychological damages incurred as a result.
If you or a loved one has incurred personal injury as a result of a negligent, distracted driver, you may be entitled to those damages. Our skilled attorneys specialize in matters relating to Personal Injury Law, and are here to help as you enter your road to recovery. Please contact our offices today to discuss the specifics of your case with our legal staff.
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