Cars are so common in our culture that it is easy to forget that they are machines, and just like any other piece of machinery there are risks involved in operating it. Instead, many Washington residents look at cars and think that they are just like any other consumer good. However, they really need to be treated differently. When people step into a car, they need to give the task of driving their full and undivided attention. If people get into a car without this type of attitude, serious car accidents can occur.
Most Washington residents understand that driving takes considerable skill. While it might look easy, people are actually using their mind and their body in conjunction with each other to safety operate the vehicle. People need to not only understand how their car works, but they need to learn to anticipate potential dangers on the roadways so they can be avoided. In order to do this, people cannot be distracted.
Inattentive drivers pose a variety of hazards on Washington roadways. When drivers are texting and driving, eating in their cars, chatting on the phone or day dreaming, they can miss important signals from drivers around them. They can also fail to notice smaller vehicles, pedestrians and others near the roadways. In these cases, distracted drivers are likely negligent. A negligent driver is one that fails to act as a reasonable driver would under the same or similar circumstances.