Distracted Driving

Distracted Driving Attorney in Spokane

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, blindfolded.

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.

Infographic: 8 people die each day in crashed involving distracted driving. 1,161 people are injured each day in crashes involving distracted driving

Common Distractions Behind the Wheel in Spokane

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
  • Eating
  • Messing with the radio
  • Applying makeup or other grooming
  • Talking to passengers
  • Reaching for something

Washington's Laws Against Distracted Driving

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.

Contact a Spokane Accident Lawyer Today

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, contact a Spokane accident attorney at (509) 444-4444 today.


Hurt By A Distracted Driver?

Women texting while drivingA 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.

Have you or a loved one been hurt by a distracted driver? Contact the Sweetser Law Office today at (509) 444-4444.