Posted on July 29, 2013 in Personal Injury
Texting while driving is quickly becoming one of the greatest dangers on the road. At any given moment during daylight hours, over 800,000 drivers are using a hand-held cell phone behind the wheel, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.
Washington’s texting-while-driving law is one of the toughest in the country. Drivers of all ages are prohibited from using hand-held cell phones, whether it is to text or talk. Yet the number of distracted driving accidents in Seattle, Bellevue and surrounding communities continues to climb.
Texting while driving is distracting
Texting leads to car accidents because it causes manual, visual and cognitive distraction, all at the same time. When drivers send or receive text messages, they remove their hands from the wheel, take their eyes off the road and divert their attention to the cell phone conversation.
To understand how dangerous texting can be, consider the following research findings:
- Drivers who send text messages while driving are 23 times more likely to be in a crash.
- Texting behind the wheel is akin to driving with a .16 blood-alcohol level, which is double the legal limit.
- Texting takes your eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds. At 55 miles per hour, this is comparable to driving the length of an entire football field, blindfolded.
Texting while driving is deadly
Distracted driving contributed to 25.8 percent (758 of 2,941) of all Washington State traffic deaths between 2004 and 2008, according to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. Over the same period, it caused an average of 152 deaths per year.
Texting while driving puts everyone on the road in danger, not just drivers. In Washington, nearly one-quarter of distracted driving fatalities involved vehicle passengers, while another ten percent involved pedestrians.
When texting while driving results in injuries, it is possible to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the driver. Because texting takes the driver’s attention from the road, it can often serve as evidence of negligent or reckless driving. If the distracted driver is to blame for a fatal accident, the family of the victim should also consult with a Bellevue wrongful death attorney about filing a lawsuit.
A strong advocate for victims of distracted driving
At The Jones Firm, we are tenacious advocates for injury victims located throughout the Bellevue, Seattle and Everett areas. Contact our experienced auto accident lawyers today at 425-372-7900. The initial consultation is free and is NOT limited to 30 minutes, as it is at most law firms.
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400 108th Avenue NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
Texting while driving is quickly becoming one of the greatest dangers on the road, with distracted driving contributing to more than one-quarter of all Washington traffic fatalities. When texting while driving results in injuries or death, The Jones Group can help pursue a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against the driver.