Let's face it. We all get distracted while driving at one point or another. That distraction can come in the form of tending to your kids, applying makeup, eating before rushing to a meeting, or even changing the radio station. In an instant, unfortunately, any of these distractions can cause an accident or injure those involved. Though the distraction was not intentional the effects of the distractions, such as physical injury, lost wages, and emotional distress are very much real. Because of this, if you or a loved one have been injured in an auto accident involving a distracted driver, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced Spokane auto accident attorney so that we can help you strategize about the best possible outcomes for your case.
Distracted Driving and Washington's Laws
Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving. These distractions include, but are not limited to:
- Using a cell phone;
- Watching a video;
- Putting on makeup;
- Eating and drinking; and
- Talking to others in the car with you.
Although there are several forms of distractions, texting while driving is by far the most dangerous. Statistically, 10% of all drivers 15 to 19 years old involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the accidents. Because of this, Washington state has implemented their own laws to mitigate the use of cell phones while driving. Washington's text messaging law is governed by RCW 46.61.668; Washington's cell phone law is governed by RCW 46.61.667; and RCW 46.20.055 states that holders of an instruction permit or an intermediate license cannot use any wireless communication device while driving regardless of whether it is hands-free or not unless an emergency situation is presented. It is important to note that these laws even apply when you are stopped at a traffic signal and if you are caught with a cell phone to your ear or texting while driving, the police can issue a fine in the amount of $124.
Need Legal Advice?
Being involved in an accident is never easy and can significantly impact your life as well as your family members. Distracted drivers can cause accidents that lead to mental anguish, loss of wages, and pain and suffering, and for all of these reasons, you should be compensated for your injuries. That is why if you have been involved in an accident due to distracted driving, it is in your best interest to seek legal advice. If you or a loved one have been injured in an auto accident involving a drowsy driver, contact an experienced auto accident attorney to help you with your case. Contact the West Law Office online or call at 509-993-0748 so that we can help you with your case. Contact our office today.