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Driver kills 1, critically injures 2 when texting while driving.

In recent years, texting while driving has become one of the most predominant causes of vehicular crashes across the United States. North Carolina is 1 of 46 states that prohibit text messaging for all drivers.[1]

Still, drivers put others in grave danger every day when they choose to use their cell phones while operating a vehicle. When a negligent driver causes this type of preventable accident, an injured individual or surviving family member may file a lawsuit against him or her for compensation.

According to WRAL News, on May 31, a family of three was hit by a driver who looked down to read a text message while driving on Highway 64.[2] The family was driving home from visiting relatives for the holiday when a 16-year-old girl and her father were critically injured, and the girl's mother was killed. 

The driver's GMC Envoy crashed into the rear of the family's Pontiac van, causing it to overturn in a wooded area near the road. The driver of the Envoy sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was charged with texting while driving and failure to wear a seatbelt. 

North Carolina law makes it illegal for any person to operate a vehicle on a public road while using a mobile phone to read or manually enter text to communicate with another person, unless lawfully parked or stopped.

The law does allow drivers to use a GPS or voice operated technology while driving. However, there are still risks involved with this type of distracted driving. According to a study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, sending or receiving a text takes a driver's eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. This is equivalent to driving blind at 55 miles per hour for the length of an entire football field.[3]

 1. http://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/laws/cellphonelaws/maptextingbans?topicName=Distracted%20driving#map

2. http://www.wral.com/woman-killed-husband-and-daughter-injured-in-zebulon-wreck-driver-to-be-charged/15738845/

3. http://stoptextsstopwrecks.org/tagged/facts?gclid=CPOGmcOah80CFZRahgod8kUAVA

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