Texting While Driving – Yes, it’s THAT dangerous

Almost half of us admit to texting while we drive, even though almost all of us know it’s dangerous. We justify it by telling ourselves that we’re only going to check for a few seconds, that we’re safe drivers, and that we have excellent control. The problem is that excellent control necessarily includes keeping our eyes on the road and our hands on the wheel; the truth is that safe drivers focus exclusively on driving; and the sad reality is that the few seconds we focus our attention on texting instead of driving could be our last few seconds of life.

Every day, according to the CDC, “more than 9 people are killed and more than 1,153 people are injured in crashes” involving distracted driving. Texting is one of the most deadly distractions because it combines the three main types of distraction: You take your eyes off the road, you take your hands off the wheel, and you take your mind off driving. Then, when something happens in front of you – and animal darts into the road or another car stops suddenly – you have to refocus your vision, your thoughts, and your hands in order to stop safely. Too many texting drivers have discovered that there wasn’t enough time to complete all three.

Here in Washington, an officer is authorized to pull over any driver seen holding and using a cell phone while driving. Washington also prohibits the sending, reading, or writing of text messages while driving. The code does allow, it is important to note, both making calls and texting if you pull over to the side of the road, first. Experienced adult drivers are also allowed to make and receive phone calls while driving, so long as their cell phone is connected as a hands-free device.

If you have been injured in an automobile accident involving a distracted driver – whether or not that driver was texting while driving – the Everett, Washington attorneys at Duce Bastian Peterson have the experience to assist you. Contact us today for your free consultation.