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West Virginia Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys

Wooton, Davis, Hussell & Johnson, PLLC

Have you or a loved one been injured or killed by a driver who was texting or otherwise distracted behind the wheel? If so, you should not have to shoulder the burden of your injuries and losses alone. At Wooton, Davis, Hussell & Johnson, PLLC in West Virginia, we understand that you may be dealing with a wide range of complex and overwhelming emotions in the wake of such a tragedy. We are here to help you through this difficult time while holding the negligent party accountable.

Our team of personal injury attorneys is dedicated to helping victims of all types of accidents seek the justice they deserve. Our compassionate team can help you understand your legal rights and options.

Call our team at (304) 407-2249 to learn more about your legal options following a distracted driving accident.

What Causes Distracted Driving Accidents?

Distracted driving accidents can be caused by various activities that divert a driver’s attention away from the road. Here are some common causes:

  • Cell Phone Use: Using a cell phone while driving, whether for talking, texting, or browsing, is one of the most common causes of distracted driving accidents.
  • Daydreaming: Being lost in thought or daydreaming is another significant cause of distracted driving accidents. It’s easy for your mind to wander, especially during long drives.
  • Eating and Drinking: Consuming food or beverages while driving can also lead to distraction.
  • Adjusting Car Controls: Adjusting vehicle settings like the radio, navigation system, or climate controls can take your attention off the road and contribute to distracted driving accidents.
  • Conversations With Passengers: Engaging in conversations with passengers can also divert attention from driving and increase the likelihood of an accident.
  • Reaching for Objects: Reaching for objects such as a water bottle, bag, or other travel necessities can make you several times more likely to have a car accident.

What Is the Law Regarding Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving laws in West Virginia prohibit certain activities to reduce the risk of accidents caused by driver inattention. Here are the key points regarding West Virginia’s distracted driving laws:

  • Handheld Device Ban: West Virginia prohibits the use of handheld cellphones while operating a motor vehicle. This includes texting, calling, or engaging in other activities that require holding the device.
  • Texting Ban: All drivers, regardless of age or experience, are prohibited from texting while driving. This ban specifically targets composing, sending, or reading text messages.
  • Novice Driver Cellphone Ban: Novice drivers, usually individuals under the age of 18 or those with a learner’s permit, are generally prohibited from using any handheld electronic device while driving.
  • School Zone Restrictions: In some jurisdictions, additional restrictions may apply in school zones to enhance safety. These restrictions may include limits on cellphone use in school zones.

Drivers need to be aware of and comply with these laws to avoid legal consequences and, more importantly, to contribute to road safety. Pursuing compensation with the help of a distracted driving lawyer can help accomplish this goal.

Why Hire Our Firm?

At Wooton, Davis, Hussell & Johnson, PLLC, we understand that you are dealing with a wide range of emotions in the wake of a distracted driving accident. We are here to help you through this difficult time while holding the negligent party accountable. Our team can provide the compassionate, aggressive representation you need to secure the maximum compensation you are owed.

Our attorneys can help:

  • Investigate: Our attorneys conduct a thorough investigation into the distracted driving accident, gathering evidence to establish negligence.

  • Provide Legal Guidance: We provide clear and comprehensive legal guidance, explaining your rights and options for pursuing compensation.

  • Negotiate: Our attorneys negotiate with insurance companies and opposing parties to secure a fair settlement that covers medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages.

  • Litigate: If a fair settlement cannot be reached, we are prepared to take your case to court and advocate for your rights before a judge and jury.

Call our team at (304) 407-2249 or send us a message through our online contact form.