Technology has developed in more ways than many Americans thought possible a decade ago. There are many advantages stemming from increased cell phone capabilities. There is a wealth of information available at a person’s fingertips on an almost instantaneous basis. Without a doubt, technological advancements to cellular phones have changed the way people communicate. Response times became much shorter as accessibility to these devices became the new normal.
With greater accessibility comes an increased need to make good judgment calls. It requires the ability to determine whether it is safe to use the device at a given time. Unfortunately, many people use their cell phones while driving to make telephone calls or send a “quick” response via text message. Statistics show that text messaging while driving causes an individual to be 23x more likely to be involved in a car accident. Although many understand the dangers of cellphone use while driving, they still regularly engage in the practice. If you or someone you know has lost a loved one in a tragic accident as a result of a texting while driving accident, contact Colombo law to discuss filing a personal injury claim.
Dangers of Cell Phone Use and Driving
Despite the belief held by many regarding the ability to multi-task while driving, it is an extremely dangerous practice. Colombo Law recently posted about the dangers of eating while driving. Cell phone usage while driving also results in thousands of deaths each year. Statistics report that dialing during a text message causes an individual to be 2.8 times more likely to be involved in a car accident; simply reaching for a cellular phone device causes an individual to be 1.8 times more likely to be involved in an accident.
Cell Phone Use Law in West Virginia
In the state of West Virginia, an individual is prohibited from driving or operating a motor vehicle while texting or using a cellular phone device. There are some exceptions to the rule for emergency circumstances including use to report a traffic accident, serious road hazard, or use during official duties by law enforcement or medical personnel. If a traffic accident has occurred, an investigation may be launched to determine the cause of the accident. If cell phone use is the cause of the accident, the at-fault party engaged in negligent behavior and is responsible for the damages caused as a result of the accident.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney Today
If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident and you suspect cell phone use was the cause, contact Colombo Law. The attorneys at Colombo Law are experienced personal injury attorneys who are focused on obtaining favorable results for our clients. We serve clients in and around Morgantown, Fairmont, Clarksburg, Bridgeport, Kingwood, Grafton, Weston, Philippi, Buckhannon, Elkins, Parkersburg, and more. To start your journey to obtaining the compensation you deserve, contact us today for an initial consultation.