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The dangers of distracted driving in West Virginia

On Behalf of | Apr 27, 2017 | Car Accidents

Many people eat while on the road. In particular, individuals who are rushing to work or to get kids to school on time will grab something and eat while behind the wheel. While this may be a time-saving move, the reality is that anything that takes someone’s attention from the road can be dangerous.

A car will travel the length of a football field in just five seconds if a person is going 55 miles per hour. This means that even taking eyes or attention from the road for a few seconds can greatly increase someone’s risk of being involved in a crash.

While eating, putting on makeup and changing radio stations can be major distractions for motorists, the increased use of cell phones has led to the creation of new laws. If someone is determined to be driving while distracted, they are likely to be held liable if they are involved in a car crash.

Car accident victims normally have two options for seeking compensation for damages. People can either pursue compensation from the at-fault individual directly or from the individual’s insurance company. In either case, victims should determine all of their crash-related expenses to figure out how much compensation they will need. If someone accepts a settlement and later finds out their costs are greater than they expected, they may have to pay for these expenses out of pocket. A lawyer could help a client determine and pursue an appropriate amount of compensation for costs related to a crash.