Distracted driving is one of the number one causes of car accident deaths. Distracted driving remains a significant problem in Washington state even through the hands-free cell phone law was enacted. An average of 160 people are killed every year in Washington in car accidents in which the driver was distracted. Distracted driving includes behaviors such as text messaging, eating, reading, applying make-up, attending to children and fiddling with radio controls.
When we look at accident statistics involving distracted driving, in 66% of the cases it is the driver who is killed. 25% of the people killed in car accidents where distracted driving was a factor occur to people between the ages of 16 and 25.
The top 5 counties in Washington State where a death was related to distracted driving are:
The hours between 3:00pm and 5:59pm is the peak time for distracted driving-related fatalities with the average of 23% of deaths occurred during those hours.
The distracted driver is a negligent driver and thus can be held accountable for his or her actions just as if he or she was driving under the influence of alcohol or breaking another of the myriad of traffic laws.
If the automobile accident in which you were injured was caused by someone using a cell phone or otherwise distracted, you may have a valid case in which you can seek compensation for your damages. At The Farber Law Group, we have more than 30 years experience representing car accident victims and their families.
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Washington Traffic Safety commission, “Distracted Driving Fact Sheet.”
RCW 46.61.668 Washington State Vehicle Code – Sending, Reading, or Writing a Text Message While Driving