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What are the Hazards of Texting and Cell Phone Use While Driving in West Virginia?

Today, driver distraction rates high as a cause of car accidents, and cell phone use and texting while driving are frequent distractions. If you suffer a serious injury because of another driver’s distraction, find out how West Virginia car accident lawyers can help you recover compensation.

Surveys show that an estimated 11 percent of all drivers at any point in time are using cell phones. In 2010, the National Safety Council (NSC) estimated that 1.6 million U.S. crashes every year involve cell phone use (including texting), which is 28 percent all traffic crashes across the country. The President of the NSC released this information, hoping to influence state governments to pass legislation that prohibited cell phone use while driving. In 2012, the West Virginia legislature passed a ban on texting and handheld cell phone use while driving. Studies indicate that people who multitask perform badly because their attention shifts from task to task. Some research studies report that 50 percent of drivers’ attention is no longer on the road while talking on a cell phone, whether a hands-free or handheld cell phone. It makes no difference whether the phone is handheld or hands-free.

When another driver’s distraction causes a car crash and you suffer serious injury, consult with an auto accident lawyer in West Virginia.

Prim Law Firm handles all types of motor vehicle accidents and has the wherewithal to investigate the scene, reconstruct accidents, identify negligent parties and help you hold them accountable.

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