West Virginia law enforcement is on the lookout for distracted drivers talking or texting on a cell phone or PDA. Police are referring to this as a "blitz, " meaning that they are taking particular initiative to stop drivers who are distracted behind the wheel. Distracted drivers talking or texting on a cell phone or PDA are a danger to themselves and to every other motorist on the road.
In the state of West Virginia, texting or talking on the phone is a primary offense. That means that any driver who is seen exhibiting these behaviors can be pulled over without law enforcement needing an additional reason. It is thought that distracted driving contributes to thousands of car accidents every year.
Texting and driving is particularly dangerous because the driver takes his or her eyes off the road for periods of time, increasing the risk of an accident. It has been stated that a texting driver often displays some of the same behaviors as a drunk driver. While distracted driving could include actions such as eating or applying makeup, texting or using the phone is the only specific type of distracted driving that is definitively illegal in the state.
If a driver or passenger has been injured or killed because of distracted drivers talking or texting on a cell phone or PDA, victims could consider compensation to cover accident-related expenses. Personal injury or wrongful death claims are often more successful when the process begins with a close examination of all evidence from the incident. Victims of any type of dangerous or negligent driving may have legal options and do not have to suffer alone.
Source: WOWK 13 Charleston, Huntington WV News, Weather, Sports, "Distracted driving enforcement blitz aimed at changing deadly habits", , April 16, 2014