West Virginia residents and others who drive while impaired, while drowsy or while distracted increase their risk of getting into an accident. According to the CDC, more than 32,000 people are killed because of motor vehicle accidents. Another two million are injured in such incidents. If a person is tired while behind the wheel, that driver should pull over and take a quick nap. Opening windows or talking with passengers may also help keep a driver awake and alert.
There are many ways a driver can be distracted while operating a motor vehicle. For instance, it is not uncommon for individuals to use a cell phone while driving. This is dangerous because it can take a person’s eyes and focus off of the road. Parents who drive with their children in the car could also be distracted because they need to keep an eye on the kids while also focusing on their surroundings.
Drivers should aim to remain calm while behind the wheel. Examples of aggressive driving include speeding, making frequent lane changes or driving too close to other vehicles. Individuals should also remember that other drivers are not trying to personally insult them by driving in unsafe behavior. Therefore, they should refrain from getting upset or trying to retaliate against others who are acting in an inconsiderate manner.
If negligent driving results in a motor vehicle accident, victims of that accident may be entitled to compensation. Examples of negligence while driving include running a red light or not yielding to a pedestrian crossing the street. An injured victim could be reimbursed for medical expenses related to the crash in addition to the cost of replacing lost or damaged property. Punitive or other damages may be available depending on the facts in a case.