Distracted Driving

Dorwin J. Wolfe heads Wolfe Law Firm, a personal injury law practice in Elkins, West Virginia. For over 20 years, Wolfe Law Firm has served local residents and personal injury victims throughout the state. We are devoted to investigating cases of negligence and helping clients obtain the compensation they deserve.

Distracted driving refers to a wide range of conduct that takes a driver’s focus from the road. These diversions increase the driver’s odds of injury or death in a crash. Traffic safety officials estimate the increased ratio of risk to be at least 23 percent. This is because each second of inattention actually costs substantially longer periods of distraction. Prolonged lack of focus actually shuts off the part of the brain essential to safe driving, making an accident more likely. While talking and texting bear the most blame, other driving distractions include:

  • Self-grooming
  • Battery recharge
  • Changing clothes
  • Radio, music dials
  • Food and beverages
  • Passenger discussion
  • Auxiliary output plugs
  • Fixing rearview mirrors
  • Maps, navigation device
  • Outside accidents, scenery
  • Tending to young children
  • Smartphone, MP-3, tablet use
Prevalence of Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is especially prevalent in young adults. Statistics reveal that they are the largest group of perpetrators and victims of distracted driving. Adults are not far behind. This may be explained by the increasing popularity of smartphones and flash media. Even on the road, ads display on a flat-screen. With action-packed movies and videos becoming the norm, people are not only immune to distraction; they need it. Instant gratification has made drivers bored of the same routine, compelling them to engage in more stimulating activities. Gaming, social networking sites, and a variety of other computer applications distract motorists from the tedium of traffic.

Distracted Driving is Negligent

Drivers should not be talking, texting, or giving in to other distractions while driving. Like drinking or drug use, distraction impairs driving by depriving the motorists of skills necessary to safely operate the vehicle. Distractions have similar effects to intoxication on the driver’s:

  • Visual acuity
  • Mental clarity
  • Response time
  • Depth perception
  • Judgment, control
  • Alertness at the wheel
  • Peripheral surveillance
  • Sensory cues, warnings

By prioritizing distractions over other people, drivers become careless. But a split-second mistake while driving can cause others their lives. When distracted driving causes an accident resulting in injury, the party at fault is liable for damages. The distracted motorist must pay for all harm arising out of the accident. This may include property damages, medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering. If the accident resulted in a fatality, the at-fault driver is liable to the decedent’s family for additional damages related to the wrongful death.

Contact a West Virginia Accident Attorney for Help

If you were injured in a car accident caused by distracted driving, contact an experienced car accident lawyer at Wolfe Law Firm today. We are known for our skill in accident-related cases, including claims for personal injury and wrongful death. For over 20 years, our Elkins office has been dedicated to providing West Virginia residents with the highest quality service. We work closely with experts to recreate the accident, presenting the most favorable evidence in support of your claim. Wolfe Law Firm deals with all insurance adjusters and other parties on your behalf, always fighting for your best interests. We can help you obtain full compensation at no up-front cost to you. To learn more about your legal options, ask Wolfe Law Firm by calling (877) 637-5756 or contact us online.