West Virginia Distracted Driving Car Accidents
Hardly a day of driving passes when you don’t look over to the car next to you to find a driver head down and typing into a phone. Despite years-old laws prohibiting handheld phone use in the state of West Virginia, you can still see drivers swerving erratically through lanes of traffic while holding a phone to their ear. Even when phones aren’t an issue, drivers who are distracted while eating their breakfast, applying makeup, or even reading a newspaper can pose a massive danger to other drivers on the road.
Distracted driving takes thousands of lives every year
Over the past three years, the total number of roadway fatalities in the US has been rising steadily. With few other explanations available for the increase in traffic deaths, many experts believe that distracted driving is the cause of the increase in fatal car accidents. According to research by Zendrive, a company that determines safety risks for insurers by analyzing phone use, drivers activate their phones at some point during 88% of all car trips. While official federal statistics place the rate of fatal crashes caused by cell phone distractions in the low hundreds, many safety experts believe that the true number is two to three times higher.
Identifying when the at-fault driver in an accident was dangerously distracted prior to a crash can be challenging, but an experienced car accident attorney can help you show that a driver’s distraction was to blame for a serious crash. At Burke, Schultz, Harman & Jenkinson, our skilled attorneys will use evidence such as eyewitnesses to the crash, skid mark patterns, expert accident recreations, and possibly cell phone records to prove to a court that the driver responsible for the crash was distracted by their phone and breaking the law at the time of the collision.
Compensation may be available to you after a distracted driving crash
Getting hit by a distracted driver can leave you injured, without a working vehicle, even unable to do your job and earn a living. You deserve money damages from the driver who couldn’t be bothered to stop what they were doing for long enough to pay attention to the road in front of them. You need skilled and aggressive legal help to get the compensation you’re owed. The Martinsburg attorneys at the law firm of Burke, Schultz, Harman & Jenkinson have the experience and dedication you want on your side after a West Virginia distracted driving crash. Contact our offices as soon as possible after a crash to begin the process of getting the compensation you’re owed.
Experienced Martinsburg Personal Injury Attorneys Here for Help after a Serious West Virginia Distracted Driving Accident
For professional and dedicated legal assistance after a West Virginia distracted driver car accident, contact the Martinsburg personal injury lawyers at Burke, Schultz, Harman & Jenkinson for a consultation, at 304-263-0900.