Serving West Virginia Areas of Morgantown, Parkersburg and Charleston, West Virginia
Operating a vehicle should receive every driver’s undivided attention. However, if you’ve suffered injuries because of somebody’s careless attitude behind the wheel, our Morgantown car accident attorneys can help you pursue the compensation you deserve.
At Jim Leach Attorneys at Law, we are dedicated to advocating for the rights of car accident victims. To begin building your case, please call us at 1-877-526-5461 today. Our West Virginia car accident attorneys serve clients in Morgantown, Parkersburg and Charleston, West Virginia.
What is Distracted Driving in West Virginia or Ohio?
Any activity that removes a driver’s attention from the safe operation of his/her vehicle, nearby traffic and road conditions is distracted driving. Distracted driving poses a risk to the inattentive driver and his/her passengers, as well as the passengers and drivers of other cars and pedestrians.
Distractions diminish three key areas of alertness that are essential to safe driving:
- Visual: The ability to spot changes and potential issues.
- Manual: The ability to react to changes in the road, traffic, etc.
- Cognitive: The ability to think logically and solve problems; when driving, this ability is used multiple times within fractions of a second.
Types of Distracted Driving in West Virginia and Ohio
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, texting while driving is now one of the leading causes of fatal car accidents. However, text messaging is just one example of distracted driving:
- Other operations of a mobile phone, such as calling, checking voicemail, etc.
- Using a GPS device
- Eating or drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Adjusting radio, CD player or other electronics
- Brushing or combing hair, applying makeup or other grooming.
Each of these activities can take a driver’s mind away from the visual, manual and cognitive requirements of driving, significantly increasing the risk of a car accident.
Your Ohio or West Virginia Car Accident Case
Regardless of the cause, car accidents always carry the risk of serious injuries, including:
- Head and neck trauma
- Severe burns
- Joint injuries and broken bones
- Soft tissue damage
After you receive medical attention, our car accident attorney will listen to your story, investigate the accident and diligently gather evidence to help you begin building an effective claim.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, you might be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical treatment
- Rehabilitation and follow-up care
- Lost income
- Impeded earning ability
- Pain and suffering
Car Accident Lawyers: Car Accidents Caused by Distracted Driving
Our car accident attorney can also initiate a wrongful death action on your family’s behalf if you lost a loved one to distracted driving. Compensation can help offset end-of-life expenses, funeral bills and other costs so you and your family can focus on healing instead of money issues.
Car Accident Lawyers in West Virginia and Ohio: Distracted Driving
If you or a loved one has been injured because of somebody’s distracted driving, please contact Jim Leach Attorneys at Law or call 1-877-526-5461 today to schedule a no-cost consultation. Our car accident attorneys are proud to represent clients in or around Morgantown, West Virginia.