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Distracted Driving Car Accidents

Many car accidents in Seattle because drivers are driving while distracted. Distracted driving can take on a lot of different forms, all of which can be deadly because it means the driver is not paying attention to the road and is exposing others on the road to potential dangers. Common forms of distracted driving include:

  • Driving while talking on a cellphone
  • Driving while texting
  • Driving while drunk
  • Driving while high

The overwhelming majority of car accidents that occur because of distracted driving because of driving while on a cell phone. While it is advisable for drivers to switch to blue tooth after being in a car accident, many drivers stay on their phones even after they have begun driving. In addition, many cars, trucks, and SUVs now have sophisticated in-dash GPS and navigational systems that can distract drivers’ attention and cause them to focus on their screens more than the road.

Washington State Districted Driving Laws

Washington State has very strict laws regarding driving while on a cellphone. If caught while driving while distracted, there could be an infraction levied against the driver. The Washington State law holds:

(1) A person who uses a personal electronic device while driving a motor vehicle on a public highway is guilty of a traffic infraction and must pay a fine as provided in RCW 46.63.110(3).

There is currently a $124.00 fine for getting caught while driving while distracted. The fine can increase to a larger amount if the driver causes a car accident. While there are exceptions to the rule that allow drivers to report criminal activity or call for emergency 911 help if there is an accident, these exceptions are not common and distracted driving crashes occur because the driver is on a cell phone, either talking or texting.

Common Distracted Driving Car Accident Injuries

Distracted driving car accidents can lead to serious injuries because often times the distracted driver does not have time to slow down and causes a serious accident. Medical bills can mount very quickly and cost thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars to the injured person. Common injuries in distracted driving car accidents include:

  • Broken bones
  • Fractures
  • Death
  • Whiplash

If you have suffered any kind of injury that is serious enough to see a doctor because of a distracted driver, you likely have a valid claim that should be viewed by an experienced personal injury lawyer.

How The Jackman Law Firm can Help

If you have been injured because of a distracted driving car accident, you are likely dealing with mounting medical bills, dealing with pain and suffering, possible wage loss and out of pocket expenses. The Jackman Law Firm can help you recover all of these from the at-fault driver’s insurance company by making a timely claim and, if no resolution can be reached, filing a lawsuit.

There is a three year statute of limitations, meaning the injured driver only has three years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit before it is too late. If you have been injured because of a distracted driver’s negligence, feel free to call The Jackman Law Firm for a free consultation.

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