A 16-year-old Twisp teen faces Vehicular Homicide charges for causing an accident which killed an accomplished Seattle music director. This story hits home locally but it is repeated across the nation with distracted driving a leading cause of car accidents.
The U.S. Department of Transportation along with Consumer Reports magazine reports 63% of the respondents to a poll under the age of 30 admit that they have used a handheld cell phone while driving and 30% report sending a text message from behind the wheel. Compare those numbers with adult drivers; only 41 percent report using a hand held cell phone and only 9% report texting while behind the wheel.
The DOT has created a website, Distraction.Gov which deals with the issue of distracted driving and provides resources to educate drivers. The problem of distracted riving is a serious one with 20% of all injury crashes in 2009 involving distracted driving.
Car accidents are still the leading cause of deaths for teenagers. It’s obvious that parents need to continue teaching their teenagers about the perils of distracted driving.
Check out the Distraction.Gov web-site for informational brochure, a parent-teen driving contract and a parent-teen distracted driving flyer.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in car accidents and the family of those killed. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages.
Read Washington’s cell phone laws:
Vehicle Code RCW 46.61.667 – Using a Wireless Communications Device While Driving
Vehicle Code RCW 46.61.668 – Sending, Reading, or Writing a Text Message While Driving
Cell phones and distracted walking: pedestrian accidents on the rise
Washington state averages 160 distracted driving fatalities per year
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