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Study reveals over half of car accidents caused by cell phones

By now, most people are aware that distracted driving can cause serious accidents on the road. A new study by Cambridge Mobile Telematics reveals just how dangerous distracted driving can be. The study shows that 52 percent of recent car accidents were caused by distracted driving involving the use of a cell phone.

Another surprising finding revealed that, on average, in distracted driving car accidents the distraction lasted a whopping two minutes and 15 seconds. Generally, phone distractions last over two minutes in 20 percent of drives involving distraction. In fact, 29 percent of these phone distraction accidents involved high speeds of over 56 miles per hour.

The study also found that the worst 10 percent of distracted drivers were 2.3 times more likely to be in an accident than average drivers.

If you have been injured in an accident involving a distracted driver, you may have legal options available to you in West Virginia. Filing a lawsuit against the driver responsible for your injuries may be the first step to your recovery. In order to win your case, you will need to prove that the driver was negligent behind the wheel and that their negligence caused your injuries. Witness testimony, expert testimony, police reports and traffic statutes can provide the evidence you need to establish negligence and causation. If you successfully prove your case, you may recover financial damages to help pay your medical bills, lost wages and other accident-related expenses. No amount of compensation can ever erase what happened to you, but it can relieve some stress and allow you to focus on your recovery.

Source: CBS 46, "Study: More than half of car crashes blamed on cell phone distraction," Spencer Ernst, April 3, 2017

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