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Common Driving Distractions

One of the most common causes of car accidents in West Virginia and the United States is distracted driving. In our modern society, we are completely dependent on advanced technology – such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops – to conduct our daily activities and stay connected with the world at all times.

Based on a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), distracted driving causes nine deaths and 1,150 injuries per day. While cellular phone usage is a primary distraction for motorists, any activity that causes a driver to take their eyes and attention away from the road increases the likelihood of a collision.

The most common driver distractions include:

  • Cellphones. Whether it is chatting on the phone or sending text messages back and forth, using a hand-held device while driving hinders your ability to react to road conditions in a proper manner. According to, the average time a person has their eyes off the road while texting is five seconds, which is enough time to cover the length of a football field when driving at 55 miles per hour.
  • Passengers in your vehicle. Although having a person riding with you gives you permission to use the carpool lane or prevent from falling asleep behind the wheel, getting into a passionate discussion with your passenger can take your attention away from the road. Accidents caused by talking passengers occurs more commonly amongst teenagers or drivers with little experience.
  • Grooming. Relating to those who drive long distances in order to commute to work or school. Multi-tasking, such as brushing your teeth, while driving often leads to a crash.
  • Eating and drinking. As we mentioned above, multi-tasking can significantly reduce your reaction time, leading to an accident.
  • Navigation system or GPS. Checking your system on a constant basis can result in a collision.

If you have been involved in an accident caused by a distracted driver in West Virginia and suffered a serious injury, contact Berthold Law Firm and schedule a free consultation with our Charleston injury lawyers today.