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COVID-19 Status: The governor designated legal services as essential (we agree). Peyton Law Firm will continue operations by conducting telephonic meetings with clients as well as electronic communication. We are avoiding in person office conferences unless absolutely necessary. Our staff is on a rotating schedule to maintain social distancing but one member of our staff will be available from 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday. If you have a legal issue in these difficult times, don't hesitate to email, call or message us on Facebook. We are glad to help. We usually welcome walk-ins, but not at this time. Everyone stay safe and have faith we will return to normal. The WV Supreme Court and other local court systems have cancelled all non-emergency hearings through April 10.⚖️

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Recently, the National Safety Council surveyed drivers across West Virginia and the rest of the U.S. asking what they would do if their car or phone came pre-set with the ability to block communications while they were on the road. Out of 2,400 respondents, 55 percent said they would keep the blocking technology on while 23 percent said they would deactivate it. This gives hope that many drivers would take advantage of such technology once it's on the market.

Two devices in particular, one in its pilot phase and one already for sale, are worth nothing for their potential to reduce distracted driving. The first is being developed by Katasi, a Colorado-based company. The device, named Groove, plugs into the car beneath the steering wheel and links the driver's phone to a cloud. The phone provider is notified whenever the user is driving and can then block all incoming calls and messages as well as prevent outgoing communication. Messages appear once the car is turned off.

The second device is called Drive ID and has been released by Louisiana-based company Cellcontrol. It attaches to the windshield and can differentiate between the driver's phone and passengers' phones. It can also keep track of a driver's speed, braking times and acceleration times and create a report on driver performance after each trip.

Drivers have the choice whether or not to purchase these devices. If they continue to let their smartphone distract them, they could get in a car crash. Victims of such crashes may want to speak with a lawyer and find out how they can prove that the other party was distracted or negligent in some way. If they can do so, they might be able to have the auto insurance company pay for their medical expenses, vehicle repair costs and other losses.

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Peyton Law Firm, P.L.L.C.
2801 First Avenue
P.O. Box 216
Nitro, WV 25143-1602

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