Distracted Driving Laws in West Virginia

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drivers are three times more likely to be involved in a car crash when operating a mobile device. If you’ve been injured because a driver was paying more attention to a cell phone than the road, our Morgantown car accident attorneys can help you build a strong case and fight for the compensation you deserve.

Though many distractions can result in a driver losing focus on road conditions, nearby traffic and his/her own ability to operate a vehicle, texting while driving is one of the foremost causes of car accidents. To combat this problem, many states have introduced legislation targeting mobile phone use.

As of July 2013, West Virginia law prohibits the use of all handheld electronic communication devices when operating a motor vehicle. Fines begin at $100, and cell phone use behind the wheel is a primary offense, meaning law enforcement can pull over a distracted driver just like they could for traffic infractions such as failing to wear a seat belt or exceeding the speed limit.

Under state law, drivers of any age can be pulled over and fined for:

  • Texting
  • Talking on the phone, except in cases of reporting an accident or other emergencies
  • Checking voicemail
  • Using apps and other mobile programs.

No matter how well this law is enforced, some distracted drivers will still be on the road, posing a risk to themselves and their passengers, as well as people in other cars and pedestrians.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver and you need legal representation, please contact Jim Leach, L.C., or call 1-304-865-8530 to schedule a no-cost evaluation of your case. We are proud to serve clients in or around Morgantown, West Virginia.