An unidentified 63-year old woman was struck and injured in Arlington while she was walking by a teen driver whom the Sheriff’s Office believe was texting while driving.
The pedestrian accident occurred in the 17100 block of McRae Road Northwest around 8:45am in Arlington on Saturday morning.
The accident victim was taken to Providence Medical Center. We hope that her injuries are not too serious.
Washington state law unequivocally prohibits teen age drivers from using cell phones or wireless devices while driving. Using a cell phone while driving may be one of the most dangerous things a person can do while on the road. 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
Texting while driving is an extremely dangerous practice and has resulted in 1.3 million crashes in 2011 alone.
Every time a driver attends to their cell phone, they are taking at least 5 seconds away from paying attention to the road. Even though teens know better, staying connected even while driving is a huge temptation. In fact 13% of drivers between the ages of 18 and 20 admit to texting or talking on their cell phone at the time of the accident.
There have been many texting accidents that have made their way to the courts. In Chatsworth, Metrolink offered a $200M settlement for a train accident that was caused by a texting operator. In 2012, a 18-year-old Aaron Deveau was convicted of motor vehicle homicide and sentenced to two years in prison for an accident that killed the father of three. In Kansas City, a 16-year-old girl was charged with manslaughter after a fatal accident that killed a 72-year-old woman.
If a person is injured in a motor vehicle accident by someone who is using a cell phone or a DUI driver, they are entitled to file a civil suit in addition to any criminal penalties the driver may face. A skilled personal injury attorney can help insure justice for the accident victim.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. Our law firm represents those who have been seriously injured by negligent drivers and the family of those killed.