The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has just released a report that should be no surprise to parents of teenagers. The study found that 60% of all car accidents that teenagers drivers are involved in, distraction — either inside or outside of the vehicle — was a factor.
According to the study, the number one distraction occurs in the vehicle itself. The teenage driver can be distracted while interacting with passengers in the car, looking at their cell phone, talking to friends, eating, singing, reaching for something and grooming.
Teenagers don’t seem to understand that when they take their eyes off the road for as little as four seconds to check out a text message, if they were traveling at 60mph, they have traveled the distance of a football field.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety used dashboard cameras and recorded teens crashing because they were not paying attention to the road. The car accident videos are really chilling when you look at them.
The foundation recommends that states look at their distracted driving laws, prohibit cell phone use by teens while driving and restrict the number of passengers for teen drivers. In Washington state, the state provides for a restricted driver’s license which follows the AAA Foundation’s guidelines.
Washington state has worked hard to combat distracted driving and passed legislation that directly bans handheld devices.
Car Accidents Caused by Distracted Drivers
Despite Washington state’s laws, distracted drivers get into single car accidents, accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists or multi-vehicle accidents involving track and motorcycles. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident involving a distracted driver, you may be able to receive compensation for the medical costs and other damages you suffered as the result of an accident caused by a distracted driver.
Washington State Personal Injury Attorney Can Help You
To obtain the most favorable resolution of your car accident case, you should consult with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after your accident if your believe your injuries were the fault of a negligent or distracted driver. It is important to establish a working relationship with your attorney so that evidence is preserved and the necessary legal procedures are taken.
The Farber Law Group, a personal injury law firm in Bellevue, Washington, is here to help you. Contact Herbert Farber today to discuss your case. We handle car accident insurance claims and lawsuits in the greater Seattle area throughout Washington state.