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Distracted driving is a real concern in West Virginia

West Virginia drivers understand that sometimes accidents occur on the roadways. In some cases, it is a simple fender bender that does not result in much cost to the liable party. In other cases, a driver is negligent and causes a serious collision that results in severe damage, injuries and even fatalities. In these cases, the driver at fault could face serious consequences for their actions.

One concern that plagues several drivers on the road is distracted driving. In a time where phones are a source of much information, several drivers utilize this technology while they drive. This not only places their own life at risk, but it also creates a huge danger for other drivers and passengers on the road.

A recent report indicated that the Department of Education in West Virginia is reaching out to motorists as the new school year begins. Distracted driving is a huge cause of serious accidents. Furthermore, a driver who is paying attention to their phone rather than the road could miss the warning lights flashing on a school bus. This could result in an accident involving a student who is either getting on or off the bus at the stop.

Because texting and driving is so hazardous on the road, it carries a fine of $100 for the first offense and more serious consequences for subsequent violations. Furthermore, as of July 1, using a handheld cell phone has been determined to be a real threat in the state of West Virginia, and now carries the same penalties as texting while driving.

Distracted driving could cause a serious accident, and those injured by a distracted driver could file a personal injury claim against them. This would allow the injured party to recover compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, damages and pain and suffering.

Those affected by a negligent driver in a car crash should understand that they have options to help them recover from their injuries and damages. If a driver is unsure of what their next steps are, they should seek out the advice of a qualified professional to aid them in the process.

Source: WYMT, "Distracted driving a focus in West Virginia as school year starts," Aug. 3, 2013

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