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Report shows a drop in West Virginia DUI arrests between 2008 and 2010

A study by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources shows that the number of DUI arrests has steadily declined between 2008 and 2010.

According to a report in The Register-Herald in Beckley, statewide, 6,886 DUI arrests were made in 2008; 6,622 in 2009; and 6,154 in 2010.

The decline in drunk driving arrests certainly is a positive and welcomed trend. As car accident lawyers in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio, we have seen how the negligence of drunk drivers can cause heartache on the highways. In a flash, an intoxicated driver can destroy a life and devastate the family members of the accident victim.

It’s important to know your rights if you or a loved one was injured in a driving under the influence accident. Contact Recht Law Offices for a free consultation. Our experienced personal injury attorneys fight hard to get the compensation clients need for their losses.

While it’s heartening to hear about any decline in DUI arrests, it’s alarming to find out that two counties experienced significant increase in arrests for drunk driving between 2008 and 2010: Raleigh and Greenbrier counties. The Register-Herald reports that Raleigh County had 240 DUI arrests in 2008, 255 in 2009 and 276 in 2010. The numbers for Greenbrier County: 156 arrests in 2008, 190 in 2009, and 229 in 2010.

The disturbing upswing in arrests may not necessarily mean more drunk drivers are on the road. There may be stricter enforcement of DUI laws in those counties. One thing’s for sure: Intoxicated people are continuing to drive when they should hand the keys to a sober driver or call a cab. Despite public awareness of the dangers of drunk driving, this type of negligent behavior continues to put other motorists and pedestrians at risk of serious injury or death.

While the study focused on West Virginia, driving under the influence accidents can happen anywhere. A drunk driver causes a death on the road twice every hour in the United States. Victims who have been seriously injured may be entitled to recover for lost income, medical bills, emotional trauma, the costs associated with the repair of their damaged vehicles, and more. In some cases, a wrongful death lawsuit may be necessary.

Representing clients in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, Recht Law Offices can put experience and resources to work for the injured and their families. Call 1-800-HURTLINE today for a free case review or visit Let an experienced personal injury lawyer protect your rights.

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Texting while driving puts people at risk in WV, PA and OH

What would you do if a texting driver injured you in West Virginia, Pennsylvania or Ohio? How would you pay your medical bills? What if your insurance company refused to pay you? You need an aggressive West Virginia texting auto accident attorney on your side. You need Recht Law Offices. Serving clients in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio, our West Virginia distracted driving attorneys have dedicated their careers to fighting for justice for our clients. We carefully investigate every auto accident and work tirelessly to uncover details others often overlook. We then use this information to build a strong case with one goal in mind: to get our clients the compensation they rightfully deserve. Contact a West Virginia texting auto accident lawyer who puts people first. Contact Recht Law Offices.

Currently, 34 states nationwide prohibit texting while driving. Pennsylvania is considering doing the same. No such laws exist in Ohio. As for West Virginia, it prohibits drivers under 18 years old to use a cell phone. Distracted driving killed 5,474 people 2009 nationwide and injuries thousands more every year. The main reason why drivers have accidents while texting is their reaction time decreases and they’re not paying close attention to the road. According to a recent scientific study, drivers react twice as slow while texting. “It is frightening,” the researchers wrote, “to think of how much more poorly our participants may have performed if the driving conditions were more consistent with routine driving.”

Texting auto accidents happen fast. But the results can last a lifetime. Don’t become another statistic. Take action. Contact an experienced West Virginia accident attorney who understands the law and fights passionately for clients. Contact Recht Law Offices. We’re on your side.