The sudden death of a loved one in a car accident can be overwhelming. When it comes as a result of a distracted driver, it can be even more devastating. A West Virginia democrat is taking action to help reduce the distractions from cell phones that can cause such a car accident.

Cell phones are in most cars on the roads these days. Many states are working toward an agreement with cell phone companies, as well as automakers, to create a solution. The five-term West Virginia democrat would like to see quicker progress in technology that would cause any non-emergency calls or texts to be disabled while driving. There were over 33,000 traffic fatalities in 2012 nationwide. Of those, over 3,300 were caused by distracted drivers who were either talking on the phone or texting while driving.

One state is trying out an app for use by teenagers who are 17 or younger. This app stops all phone calls and texts while the vehicle is moving, with the exception of emergency calls. The app also makes those trying to contact the driver aware that they are currently unavailable. Today, auto designers work to add more and more technology that keeps drivers connected to the world. However, by working together with technology companies to provide disconnect options and apps, auto makers can help limit distractions.

There are many distractions on the roads these days. When you add cell phones to the mix, the results can be deadly for anyone around, including the driver. A family who has been affected by the recklessness that caused a car accident has the right to file a personal injury claim. By doing so, they can possibly receive compensation to help with medical costs, funeral costs or lost wages.

Source: Connecticut Post, Summit seeks to curb distracted driving, Stewart M. Powell, Feb. 3, 2014