A car accident in Harrison County, West Virginia, on Friday caused one person to be flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital. Around 3:40 p.m. near the Gypsy bridge, a Chrysler concord and a Honda element collided head on. According to reports, the driver of the Concord was flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital. The driver of the Element was transported to United Hospital Center and then transferred to Ruby Memorial Hospital, while a passenger in the element was transported to United Hospital Center. Police from the Harrison County Sherriff’s Department said the Element was traveling north bound and the Chrysler was traveling south bound. According to the Harrison County Sherriff’s Department, distracted driving may be a factor in the crash.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving is “any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving.” Distractions endanger driver, bystander, and passenger safety. Distractions typically include:
· Using a cell phone or smart phone
· Eating and drinking
· Using a navigation system
· Adjusting the radio
· Talking to passengers
Distracted driving is a major problem on our roadways and is a major cause of car crashes. In 2012, an estimated 421,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver and approximately 3,328 people were killed in a car accident due to distracted driving. Even with these statistics, people frequently use a mobile device while operating a vehicle. At any given moment across the United States approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or electronic devices while driving. (National Highway Transportation Safety Administration). When using a mobile device and driving, your eyes are off the road an average of five seconds-enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded.
Distracted driving is a major cause of car accidents in West Virginia. If you have been injured in a car wreck because of a distracted driver or suspected distracted driver, an experienced car accident lawyer can help. For more information, or to schedule a free consultation with our car accident lawyers, contact the Manchin Injury Law Group today at 304-367-1862.