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When getting behind the wheel of a car, most people don’t think twice about whether or not being distracted will be a danger to them or others on the road. Indeed, most people use their phones, apply makeup, eat or drink, talk to passengers, or attend to children while operating their car.
But this behavior is incredibly dangerous. So dangerous, in fact, that the Washington Traffic Safety Commission reports that 30 percent of traffic fatalities and 23 percent of serious crashes in Washington are due to distracted driving. What’s more, drivers are three times more likely to be involved in a crash while talking on a phone. Despite this, however, 70 percent of observed distracted drivers were using their cellphones at the time of observation.
At the law office of the Khan Law Firm PLLC, we are serious about safety, and we’re serious about holding distracted drivers liable for the harm that they cause. If you have been in a distracted driving accident, please reach out to our distracted driving car accident lawyers in Kent for your free consultation.
One of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving is that of using a handheld device, such as a smartphone, while behind the wheel of a car to talk, text, email, or use apps. However, the use of a handheld device is by no means the only type of distracted driving. Other forms of distracted driving include:
Distractions can be manual (taking the hands off of the wheel), visual (taking one’s eyes off of the road), or cognitive (taking one’s mind off of the act of driving). Each type of distraction can be dangerous.
Many people wonder whether or not distracted driving is illegal and, if not, how a driver who causes a crash as a result of distracted driving can be held liable for the damages that result.
Distracted driving in itself is not against the law in Washington; however, it is against the law for a driver to hold a phone while operating a car. You can use a phone, though, if you are using a hands-free device and can start the use of your phone with a single touch or swipe of your finger, are parked or out of the flow of traffic, or are contacting emergency services. Otherwise, using a phone while driving is against the law. This is true for all drivers.
Just because eating or drinking behind the wheel and other forms of distracted driving aren’t illegal doesn’t mean they’re safe; in fact, these actions can certainly lead to a crash. In some cases, forms of distracted driving may be considered negligent – outside of the realm of what a reasonable person would consider safe and responsible. If you can prove that another driver’s negligence was the cause of your crash–whether or not their behavior was actually illegal–you can hold that driver responsible for the full value of your damages.
If you are involved in a crash caused by a distracted driver, you have the option of filing a claim against that driver’s liability insurance, filing a lawsuit directly against the driver, or filing a claim against your own insurance depending on your coverage type. At the Khan Law Firm PLLC, we believe that you should be compensated in full for the value of your losses. This means that we will advocate for your right to recover compensation for your:
When a crash happens, your first priority will no doubt be getting medical treatment. Depending on the extent of your injuries, this may consume the following days and weeks of your time and your thoughts. Thinking about financial recovery will probably not be the first thing that you’re worried about, but soon enough, the bills will start to pile up and you’ll start to wonder how you will pay for your damages.
As the stress starts to compound and you think about your options, don’t overlook the benefit of working with a skilled Kent distracted driving accident lawyer. You need an attorney because:
At the law offices of the Khan Law Firm PLLC, we know how shocking a crash can be. If you’ve been harmed, called our Kent distracted driving accident lawyers today for a free consultation. We are passionate about serving our clients well.