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Charleston, West Virginia Auto Accident Attorneys Fight to Keep Our Roads Safer

New law cracks down on drivers distracted by cell phones

Driving while distracted is a dangerous habit, especially when the distraction involves talking, texting or surfing the Internet on a handheld cellular device. West Virginia is one of 39 states that have banned handheld cellphone use and texting while driving. The new law strengthens your case if you are injured in an accident with a distracted driver. The attorneys at The Giatras Law Firm PLLC stay well-informed about new laws and are prepared to help when you need them.

What are the cell phone driving laws in West Virginia?

As of July 1, 2013, those who drive while talking on a hand-held cell phone can be stopped and ticketed in West Virginia. Texting and emailing while driving also are prohibited. If you are injured in an auto accident by a distracted driver who was using a cell phone, The Giatras Firm PLLC seeks the compensation you deserve.

Cell phones aren’t the only distraction that leads to crashes

Research has found that cell phones are the second most common distraction on the road, and are responsible for 12 percent of fatal accidents caused by distracted driving. The most common distraction is simple daydreaming. Other common distractions include:

  • Rubbernecking (looking at something off the road)
  • Talking to or looking at other passengers
  • Eating or drinking
  • Using a GPS, radio or other device
  • Smoking or lighting a cigarette
  • Pets, bugs and other miscellaneous distractions inside the vehicle

What damages can you recover from an accident with a distracted driver?

If you have been in an accident with a distracted driver, the first step is to contact an experienced injury attorney such as Troy Giatras, who has represented accident victims for more than 20 years. Our firm negotiates with the insurance companies to recover your losses, including:

  • Past medical expenses
  • Future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Other damages

Contact our Charleston, WV lawyers to discuss your distracted driver case

If you have been in an accident with a distracted driver, contact The Giatras Law Firm PLLC online or by phone 888-819-1281 for a free consultation and let us help you find justice. We are available 24 hours a day.