All drivers deal with the normal distractions of being behind the wheel, including adjusting the climate control, talking with other passengers and noticing things they drive past. Even these momentary distractions can contribute to an accident if a driver is not conscientious. However, when drivers intentionally allow themselves to be distracted behind the wheel, tragedy can occur in the blink of an eye. Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of motor vehicle accidents in West Virginia and across the country.
Momentary distraction proves fatal
One example occurred recently on a rural road. The driver of an SUV reportedly admitted that she was looking at her phone while traveling in the westbound lane. She apparently heard a thud and looked up from her phone to see that she had struck a man on his bicycle. Before police arrived, the man had died at the scene of head trauma from the accident.
Authorities have charged the driver with involuntary manslaughter, negligent homicide and reckless driving, as well as one count of prohibited use of an electronic communications device. This West Virginia law forbids operating a motor vehicle while using any handheld devices. Nevertheless, passing laws does not always change the behavior of drivers.
Now, a West Virginia family is grieving the loss of their loved one who died in this senseless accident. Victims of distracted driving accidents and their loved ones may be left struggling through no fault of their own. Many seek direction for pursuing compensation by reaching out to an attorney who is dedicated to advocating for victims of preventable tragedies.