West Virginia Insurance Federation
c/o Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP
Jill C. Rice
P.O. Box 11887
Charleston, WV 25301

Texting While Driving

Since 2004, thirty (30) states and the District of Columbia have banned texting while driving for all drivers. Another eight (8) states, including West Virginia, have banned texting for teenage drivers.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, drivers using a hand-held device while driving are four (4) times more likely to be involved in a crash resulting in bodily injury, and seventy-one percent (71%) of drivers ages 18 to 29 years old age admit to texting while driving. This is concerning, particularly since the US Department of Transportation reports that there are three 3 main types of distractions while driving: (1) Visual distraction (taking your eyes off the road); (2) Manual distraction (taking your hands off the wheel); and (3) Cognitive distraction (taking your mind off what you are doing), and texting while driving involves all three.

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