Attorney Matthew R. Arnold answering the question: “If I am injured in a car accident or at work what should I do?”
A teenager from Union County, North Carolina is currently recovering after a serious car accident earlier this week that authorities now believe may have been caused by distracted driving. Officials with the North Carolina Highway Patrol say that they have reason to believe the teenager’s collision with a dump truck may have been caused by the teen’s decision to text and drive.
According to authorities, the wreck happened a little before 7:30 in the morning when 16-year-old Paul Glaser was on his way to pick up his girlfriend for school. Police say that Glaser failed to yield to a dump truck that was passing through an intersection and was then hit by the truck. Police say they have gotten word that Glaser was late for school and may have been in a rush to pick up his girlfriend. Police also say that they have heard reports that Glaser was either texting before leaving his house that morning or that he may have been texting during his car ride to school.
Investigators say that a quick search of Glazer’s phone turned up a message that simply read “OMW” (on my way) though it is unclear if the timestamp on the text message corresponds with the time of the accident. Police say they still need to speak to Glaser about the accident once he has recuperated from what emergency officials say were serious injuries.
After being hit by the dump truck Glaser was rushed by ambulance to Carolinas Medical Center where he underwent surgery to have his spleen removed. Glaser also suffered several broken ribs, but is thankfully in stable condition.
Police say they hope the accident serves as a reminder to other young drivers about the importance of avoiding distractions when behind the wheel. A survey conducted earlier this year found that for the first time ever, distracted driving now claims more teen lives every year than drunk driving. Teen drivers who do not yet have much driving experience under their belts are at a special risk of being involved in a deadly crash while texting and driving because they should direct all their attention on the road in front of them.
As experienced North Carolina car accident attorneys we have seen the damage that can result from such distracted driving accidents. All drivers, but especially those new to the road, need to understand that no message is worth risking your life or the lives of other innocent motorists.
If you, or someone you know, have any questions regarding personal injury claims, please feel free to contact the experienced personal injury attorneys and lawyers in Charlotte, North Carolina at Arnold & Smith, PLLC for a free consultation. Call at 704-370-2828.
About the Author:
Matthew Arnold is a Managing Member with Arnold & Smith, PLLC where he focuses his practice on Personal Injury, Family Law and Business Litigation. Mr. Arnold began his career handling insurance defense litigation for several major insurance companies. He also went on to handle business litigation cases and high value mortgage fraud cases, primarily in Superior Court.
Mr. Arnold grew up in Charlotte, graduating from Providence Senior High School and continued his education at Belmont Abbey College on a basketball scholarship. After graduating cum laude he attended law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a full academic scholarship. In his spare time, Mr. Arnold enjoys golfing and spending time on the North Carolina Coast with his wife and three young children: two daughters and one son.
“Troopers: Teen may have been texting before crash with dump truck,” by Ashton Pellom, published at WBTV.com.
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