Texting while Driving
Many people are guilty of occasionally engaging in distracting activities while behind the wheel. Some people have heeded recent warnings and discontinued such activities, but many other people have learned the hard way that distracting activities such as text messaging while driving can lead to serious accidents on the road. In 2008, about 6,000 Americans lost their lives in car accidents that resulted from distracted drivers. Distracted drivers who have gotten in accidents are often distracted by talking on a cell phone or texting.
Most people who text also shift their priorities the moment they start texting while on the road. Studies show that when a driver is texting, he or she spends 4.6 out of every 6 seconds on his or her cell phone. This leaves 1.4 seconds of actual time on the road for every 6 seconds, which is not sufficient enough time to even focus back on the condition of the roads.
Cell Phone Use and West Virginia Law
West Virginia has made it clear that any person who drives with a learning permit under the age of 18 is forbidden to talk on a cell phone or text while operating a vehicle. Fines become progressively larger if drivers repeat this offense. These laws have been enacted due to the fact that in past years, thousands of crashes have resulted from young drivers using their cell phones while driving, many of whom have admitted to texting while driving.
There is no doubt that texting while driving is dangerous. If you or someone you love has been involved in an accident caused by a distracted driver, contact the Clarksburg car accident lawyers of the Law Offices of David W. Frame at 800-352-9460.