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Leading car accident causes still include distracted driving

It is no secret to West Virginia readers that distracting driving is a danger to every driver on the road. Despite the known dangers of this action, texting and driving is still one of the leading car accident causes. To combat this problem and to promote safety across the country, AT&T is now offering people a virtual reality picture of what it is truly like to text and drive.

In this experience, average people can use a simulator to experience how difficult it is to drive safely while distracted. Drivers learn how close distracted drivers often come to hitting pedestrians and other vehicles. One person who experienced the simulation said that the frightening experience taught her that answering just one text is not worth compromising the safety of everyone on the road.

Texting is one the leading sources of distraction, but there are many other concerns that increase the risk of an accident. Some of these include surfing Facebook, using a navigation system, responding to email and more. Approximately 61 percent of drivers admit to texting while driving. Any time a distracted driver causes an accident, he or she could be liable for any damages caused or injuries that were suffered by victims.

Like drunk driving, distracted driving is a completely preventable car accident cause. These drivers are responsible for any harm they cause, including the physical injuries or emotional trauma of victims. Families of those who have been killed may also seek wrongful death compensation after a fatal distracted driving accident. Distracted driving is unfortunate, but West Virginia victims do not have to suffer alone. 

Source: chronicle.augusta.com, "AT&T's It Can Wait tour offers virtual reality view of distracted driving", Bianca Cain Johnson, Sept. 23, 2015

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