According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, 23 percent of serious motor vehicle accidents and 30 percent of motor vehicle accident fatalities in Washington are caused by distracted driving. Washington distracted driving laws have been implemented to prevent as many of these accidents as possible. Under Washington’s distracted driving laws, the following behaviors are prohibited:
- Hand-held use of a personal electronic device: Many people mistakenly believe that as long as the vehicle they are driving is not in motion, they are allowed to use their phones. However, under Washington law, holding a cell phone or other electronic device while stopped at a red light or while stopped in traffic is against the law. The exception to this is if you are using your phone to contact emergency services.
- Activities that distract you from driving: While distracted driving laws are generally focused on the use of electronic devices, there are many forms of distracted driving that can cause accidents. Eating, drinking, talking to passengers, reading, applying makeup, and any other behavior that takes your attention away from the road are all prohibited under Washington law.
Distracted driving is a form of negligence
Driving while distracted is considered a form of negligent driving. If you were involved in a car accident with a negligent driver, you may be able to recover compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and other injuries and damages suffered in the accident by filing a lawsuit against them. An attorney can help you proceed with your claim and help you recover the damages you are entitled to.