Many West Virginia drivers and passengers have suffered a serious injury from distracted drivers. Distracted driving can include behaviors such as texting, talking on the phone and more. Lawmakers in the state are taking legislative measures to curb this type of behavior after an alarming number of residents have suffered a serious injury because of it.
In West Virginia, talking on the phone and texting are illegal activities. If drivers are caught doing this, they could face arrest, fines and other consequences. Statistics say that distracted driving has caused over 3, 000 fatalities and almost 400, 000 people injured just a year ago. Because of the growing popularity of smart phones and increasing technology, it could be assumed that these numbers will not decrease unless drastic legal action is taken on the part of law enforcement.
One of the age groups particularly prone to this type of behavior is teenagers. In fact, 20 percent of teenagers admit to texting while driving, and 10 percent of parents admit to the same behavior. Any drivers who are caught texting, no matter the age or reason, will be issued a ticket under this new anti-texting campaign.
It is especially tragic when a person dies because of the negligent actions of another, especially when it is from checking or sending a text message. Victims who have suffered a serious injury from any type of negligent driving could consider pursuing legal action to claim compensation for any of the pain and suffering that was endured. Evaluating all aspects of the incident could indicate if the victim is eligible for personal injury or wrongful death compensation.
Source: journal-news.net, "DWT: Driving While Texting", Edward Marshall, April 9, 2014