Distracted Driving Attorney
Anti-texting and driving campaigns have been heavily broadcast over the
airwaves in Washington over the last several years, and for good reason.
Sending a text while driving takes a person's eyes off the road for
an average of five seconds, which is especially dangerous on the freeway.
At 55mph, that is enough time to travel the length of a football field,
It is no exaggeration to say that distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic
on our roadways. Statistics show that texting while driving is twice as
dangerous as drunk driving. Over 8 people are killed and over 1000 injured
each day in the United States in crashes reported to involve a distracted
driver, according to the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Nearly one-third percent of
vehicle crashes in Spokane, Washington are due to some sort of driver inattention. Distracted
driving has grown as a problem at the statewide level in recent years
and contributed to far too many crashes locally. While texting is the
most focused upon aspect of distracted driving, there are a variety of
other things that drivers do behind the wheel that can divert your attention
from the road:
- Texting or talking on the phone
- Watching a video
- Reading - such as looking at maps
- Messing with the radio
- Applying makeup or other grooming
- Talking to passengers
- Reaching for something
Washington has instituted numerous laws over the past few years to deter
distracted driving. Washington is one of 14 states to ban talking on cell
phones in addition to banning texting at all times while driving (RCW 46.61.667;
RCW 46.61.668). Initially, these laws resulted in safer driving habits, however Washington
has seen the number if fatalities related to distracted driving gradually
increase. Even though Washington has outlawed some of the most dangerous
forms of distracted driving, many drivers routinely break these laws -
especially less experienced teen drivers.
The Sweetser Law Office philosophy and approach is coupled with experience
and results; we have handled thousands of car crashes and auto accident
cases, including truck, motorcycle, pedestrian, bike and dangerous roadway
accidents. For more information about your rights after a car accident
contact Sweetser Law Office.
Hurt by a distracted driver?
A driver’s attention should be focused on the road when he or she
is behind the wheel. Driver’s education classes teach us that to
drive responsibly, we must practice safe driving habits. When drivers
make the decision to use devices or devote their attention to anything
other than driving, they are not practicing safe driving habits and, if
they hurt someone, must be held responsible for the accidents and injuries
that they cause.
Sweetser Law Office too often sees cases involving a distracted driver running through a stop
sign, running off the road, causing a rollover accident, rear-ending a
car that brakes unexpectedly, drifting into another lane of traffic, or
causing a head-on collision.
Our Spokane personal injury firm hires investigators to work these cases,
searching for a cause, questioning witnesses, and obtaining the cell phone
records of the at-fault driver in order to solidify evidence. Sweetser
Law Office is experienced in holding distracted drivers accountable. The
entire community uses our roads, including our own kids and family members,
and we’d like to cleanse it of its dangers more than anyone.