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Asheville Attorneys Teach You About Common Causes of Auto Accidents in North Carolina

Our attorneys preserve your rights

Motorists who speed, text, drive drunk or engage in other types of reckless behavior put other drivers and pedestrians at serious risk of injuries. Even the most careful driver can be the victim of an auto accident caused by another driver’s negligent conduct. During the past quarter of a century, Hensley Cloninger, P.C. has handled numerous auto accident claims with a variety of causes. Our team meticulously investigates your accident to determine fault and to build a strong case for your recover gross negligencey of damages.

Distracted driving

The official U.S. government website distraction.gov reports that 3,331 people were killed and 387,000 people were injured in accidents that involved distracted drivers in 2011. This shocking statistic includes drivers who engage in such inappropriate tasks as:

  • Talking on a cell phone
  • Sending or receiving text messages
  • Disciplining or entertaining kids in the back seat
  • Arguing with a passenger
  • Reaching for an item that fell on the floor
  • Eating and drinking
  • Reading a map or GPS device
  • Changing the radio or music player
  • Shaving, brushing hair or putting on makeup

Because of the complete disregard for human life and health, some distracted driving may even be considered gross negligence that may subject the driver to a higher level of liability.

Technology hazards on the road

Technology allows us to communicate from almost anywhere with a few clicks of a button. Unfortunately, drivers use the latest devices to hold conversations or type or read text messages while steering two tons of steel at 65 mph. This conduct is not only dangerous; it may also be in violation of North Carolina laws that ban:

  • Handheld and hands-free cell phone use for novice drivers
  • Handheld and hands-free cell phone use for bus drivers
  • Texting for all drivers

Drunk driving

A driver who operates a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher is presumed legally impaired under North Carolina DWI laws. As prosecutors seek conviction in criminal courts, our legal team pursues financial compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. We may also file a claim against a bar or social host who served alcohol to the visibly drunk driver in violation of NC’s dram shop laws.

Get the help you need to recover from the negligent drive who ran into you

You have the right to damages from the negligent driver responsible for the accident. Call Hensley Cloninger, P.C. at 828-348-0092 or contact us online to schedule your first free appointment. Our attorneys handle your auto claim on contingency — meaning you do not pay us until we recover money for you.