It’s likely that at one time or another, drivers have seen other people talking on a cell phone, texting, eating, applying makeup or even reading while driving. Even though this type of multi-tasking might seem like a time saver, it can be extremely dangerous to the driver and other drivers on the road.
In Washington, it is against the law to use a personal electronic device while driving. A personal electronic device includes a cell phone, tablet or laptop, among others.
Drivers are prohibited from holding a personal device in their hands, or using the device to compose, read or browse email, texts, photos or other electronic data including video while driving.
If a driver has an emergency on the road, he or she is encouraged to pull over before using a cell phone to call for help whenever it is possible to do so.
Under Washington law, drivers can be fined for distracted driving. Distracted driving means that the driver is engaged in an activity that is not related to the actual operation of the vehicle and interferes with its safety.
In addition to incurring fines, distracted driving can cause injuries to others on the road. These can include cuts and scrapes, broken bones and traumatic injuries. If these require medical attention, the costs can be significant.
Injured drivers may also lose time from work in order to heal or experience other pain and suffering that entitles them to compensation under the law.
An experienced attorney can help anyone who has been involved in a car accident review their options for filing a claim and offer advice about next steps.