In West Virginia, there is no law regulating cellphone use while driving for people with a level-three driver’s license. This means that most people over the age of 17 can use a cellphone to talk, text, or browse the web while driving, despite significant evidence that such behavior makes the risk of causing an auto accident over 20-times higher.
If you have been injured or a loved one has died after an accident with a distracted driver, please contact Hewitt & Salvatore, PLLC or call (304) 252-2207 today to discuss your case with one of our West Virginia auto accident lawyers.
Dangers of Distracted Driving
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found that driver distraction is involved in over 80 percent of serious auto accidents. Texting is among the most dangerous form of distraction as it takes a driver’s eyes off of the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent of driving down a football field at 55 MPH while blindfolded.
Texting while driving is incredibly dangerous, but all cellphone use, even hands-free, has been shown to diminish driving-related brain activity, making drivers who are using a phone a true danger to all others on the road.
Driving while using a cellphone may not be illegal in West Virginia, but victims of distracted drivers are still entitled to seek compensation beyond the offerings of insurance companies. Please contact the experienced West Virginia auto accident attorneys at our firm to learn more about your rights.