In West Virginia, there is no universal regulation regarding talking on a cell phone or texting while driving (although minors under 18 cannot text or call while driving), so it’s up to drivers to use responsible judgment to avoid accidents caused by driver distraction.
According to Distraction.gov, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s website dedicated to providing information about distracted driving, 16% of all crash fatalities (5,870 people) in 2008 were attributed to drivers who were distracted at the time of the accidents. Another 500,000 people were injured as a result of distracted driving, and those numbers are rising every year as cell phones and other technology become more widely used.
What is Distracted Driving?
Distractions can be visual (taking your eyes off the road), manual (taking your hands off the wheel) or cognitive (taking your mind off of what you’re doing). Non-hands-free cell phone use and texting are especially dangerous because they both involve all three types of distraction. Distracted driving isn’t just talking on a cell phone or texting, either. Eating, drinking, talking to passengers, grooming, reading maps or GPS, watching videos and changing the station on the radio or song on an MP3 player can all distract you from your driving duties.
If you’ve been injured as the result of someone’s carelessness while driving, you must protect your rights. Hire an auto accident lawyer in West Virginia to help you fight your case. A lawyer can use reconstruction experts to recreate the scene of the accident, as well as witness to corroborate your account of the incident as it happened.