April Marks National Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Posted on behalf of Stewart Bell, PLLC on Apr 20, 2016 in Car Accidents
No matter which U.S. streets or highways you travel on, there are likely to be numerous distracted drivers sharing the roadways with you. In 2014, more than 3,175 deaths occurred as a result of driver distraction.
For the month of April, West Virginia law enforcement agencies are cracking down on cellphone use while driving as part of a nationwide effort to reduce driver distraction during distracted driving Awareness Month.
Currently, texting while driving is illegal in West Virginia. The state is also one of only three that has taken a tough stance against the use of all electronics behind the wheel, as using any handheld device is against the law while driving in West Virginia.
The state is also participating in a “Distracted Driving Enforcement Blitz” in April, with officers targeting drivers using cellphones by initiating traffic stops and issuing citations. During the blitz, a highway safety agency will be funding overtime costs for additional patrol shifts in Putnam, Wayne, Cabell, Lincoln, Mason and Mingo counties. This particular campaign will last throughout the month of April, though law enforcement officers will continue to enforce the state’s distracted driving laws year-round.
Texting Takes Focus Off Roadways
The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that texting while driving pulls a driver’s eyes from the roadway for five seconds or more. When traveling at a speed of 55 miles per hour, a vehicle travels 100 yards in five seconds, which is the length of a football field.
When a driver’s attention is diverted by texting or other distracting behaviors, their odds of being involved in a serious auto accident increase by 66 percent. By the time a distracted driver looks back at the road, they often find themselves in a dangerous position and cannot employ corrective measures quickly enough to avoid a crash.
If you have been injured in a distracted driving accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The skilled auto accident attorney s at Stewart Bell, PLLC will fight to maximize the compensation you deserve.