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Common Causes of Distracted Driving in Fayetteville

Distraction is a major problem that causes numerous driving accidents yearly in West Virginian counties and across the nation. Cell phone use is often the culprit behind many of these crashes. 

People just can’t wait to check their text messages or update their statuses. Sometimes, the wait until the drive is over would only be a few minutes, making the text “Almost home!” unnecessary. No matter how long the wait, there’s always the option of pulling over to get that important news out.

Unfortunately, many people prefer to continue texting or engage in some other form of distracted driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,142 people died in 2019 because a driver was distracted. 

West Virginia and other states have enacted laws that slap drivers with triple-digit fines and negative driver’s license consequences for distracted driving to combat this deadly occurrence. 

Additionally, if a distracted driver hits you, you can file a claim for damages. An experienced car accident attorney can help you seek the compensation you deserve. 

The Laws Against Distracted Driving in West Virginia

If you are caught driving while distracted in West Virginia, you get fined $100. If that’s not enough to make you keep your focus on the road, then you get a $200 fine the second time it happens. The third time you fail to resist the temptation, the fine turns into $300, and your license gets three points against it. 

Common Causes of Distracted Driving

Unfortunately, driver distractions are everywhere, and they take many different forms. However, just because they are ever-present does not mean we can excuse a driver for becoming distracted and causing a wreck. 

Some of the more common distractions that tempt drivers include:

  • Texting and other cell phone activities
  • Fidgeting with the radio
  • Engaging with other passengers
  • Rubbernecking  
  • Searching for items
  • Consuming food and beverages

After reading the list, it’s safe to say that most, if not all, instances of distracted driving involve drivers doing unnecessary activities. And these activities interfere with safe vehicle operation. This is why distracted drivers are at fault when they cause a crash.   

What do I do if a distracted driver hits me?

Each case involving a distracted driver is unique. With that being said, the steps you take after an accident are usually the same. 

First and foremost, you want to get to a safe place, if possible, and call first responders. If you are still in oncoming traffic, you and the other parties may still be in danger. You may also have unknown injuries.

Second, you must get proof that the driver was driving distracted. Did someone see them texting at the time of the crash? Were they looking away just before the accident? An experienced attorney will get answers to these questions by contacting potential witnesses, reviewing traffic cameras, and analyzing the police and medical reports.

You can also help gather evidence by snapping photos of the accident and its consequences, including injuries and property damage. But only do so if it is safe.

When you consult with an attorney, they will review your case to determine the next steps. Once you’ve got a skilled advocate handling your case, you can go about your day-to-day life while your claim proceeds through the courts. 

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