In today's society, it common to stay connected at all times. People often multitask throughout the day, taking care of personal errands while answering work emails, texts, and even keeping up the news. Unfortunately, people often do this while they are behind the wheel. Every time you get in a car, you risk becoming a victim of a distracted driver.
Two individuals died in a Nov. 29 accident involving five vehicles, according to authorities. Emergency crews responded to the incident at approximately 9:10 a.m. Reportedly, the accident involved a wrong-way driver on West Wendover Avenue in High Point.
An individual does not have to be under the influence of alcohol to face criminal charges as a result of their role in a car accident. In some case, North Carolina police may be able to investigate car accidents and determine that a driver was significantly negligent, which can result in their arrest. In a recent case, police have charged a woman after her car is alleged to have struck another vehicle, which resulted in the death of one individual and the other suffering serious injuries.
Fatal car accidents have increased in the U.S. for the first time since 2005. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that traffic fatalities increased by five percent in 2012, with 34,080 people dying in car accidents last year.
Distracted driving is a very dangerous behavior and officials say that more than 50,000 drivers in North Carolina are injured in car accidents caused by distracted driving every year.