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SEATTLE DISTRACTED DRIVING CAR
ACCIDENT LAWYER

Distracted driving is one of the top causes of car accidents in the country today, and accounts for approximately 431,000 injuries and 3,179 fatalities annually. Unfortunately, thanks to today’s fast-paced way of living and our ever-increasingly smart devices, distracted driving is becoming a bigger and bigger problem, with no ebb in sight. At the Khan Law Firm, PLLC, our distracted driving car accident attorneys represent victims of distracted driving all across the state of Washington, and fight to ensure that another driver’s negligence does not ruin the victim’s life. While car accident injuries can negatively affect an individual’s way of living, by helping victims fight for the compensation they need to cover the cost of medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering, we hope to alleviate the stress and monetary challenges that car accident injuries create.

Car accidents can be devastating to your way of living; if you or a loved one was involved in a car accident that was the direct result of another driver’s negligent behavior, contact the Seattle, WA distracted driving car accident attorneys to schedule a free consultation. We can evaluate the circumstances leading up to your accident, and ensure that the distracted driver is adequately reprimanded for their negligence behind the wheel.

Top Driving Distractions

According to Distraction.gov, a driving distraction is any activity that diverts a driver’s attention away from the road. The most common distractions for drivers today are the following:

  • Texting;
  • Cell phones and other smart devices;
  • Eating and drinking;
  • Talking to passengers of the vehicle;
  • Grooming;
  • Reading, including reading maps;
  • Using a navigation system;
  • Watching a video; and
  • Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player.

Of all the distractions that lead to car accidents, however, texting is by far the most dangerous and the most prevalent, as it requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver. Most states have implemented a law that makes texting and driving illegal – with Washington being one of them – yet more than 50 percent of adult drivers admit to participating in a text message conversation while driving despite the law and the consequences it poses.

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Washington State Laws On Cell Phone Use While Driving

As cell phones become more prevalent in our society, states are having to adjust their laws to accommodate for the impact that they have—especially when it comes to cell phone use and driving. Cell phones are the number one distraction for drivers. Because of this, most states have deemed cell phone use while driving a “primary offense,” meaning that an officer of the law can pull you over for simply seeing you handle a cell phone while behind the wheel, just as easily as they can pull you over for running a red light, drinking and driving, or speeding.

However, there are exceptions to this rule. For instance, emergency vehicles, tow trucks responding to disabled vehicles, and drivers using cell phones in a hands-free manner are all permissible under Washington state law. Additionally, if a driver is using a cell phone to report illegal activity, to summon emergency help, or to attempt to prevent an injury to another driver, person, or property, they are not in violation of the law.

If an individual is caught illegally using a cell phone while driving, they will be given a traffic citation and fined $124. While this citation does not affect one’s driving record, should an accident occur as the result of cellphone use, the consequences can be severe. From having to pay thousands of dollars in damages, to simply being responsible for the irrevocable impact on another’s life, cell phone use while driving can be much more costly than a minor fine. Because of this, it is always best to practice responsible driving and abstain from cell phone use entirely while driving unless an emergency calls for it.

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Proving Distracted Driving was the Cause of Your Accident

Proving that distracted driving was the cause of your car accident can be difficult, especially if there are no photos or traffic cameras to back up your assertion that the at-fault driver was performing a distracting activity at the time the accident occurred. At the Khan Law Firm, PLLC, our car accident attorneys are skilled at obtaining evidence proving liability in car accident cases. If you assert that the other driver was distracted while driving, we will use one or more of the following methods to back up your claim:

  • The other driver’s testimony: While rare, some drivers readily admit that they were texting and driving, using their cell phone and driving, or performing some other illegal distracting activity while driving. Their admittance is typically driven by guilt and a desire to end the legal proceedings as quickly as possible.
  • Witness testimony: Witness testimony is one of the strongest pieces of evidence that a case may have, so it is important to gather the names and contact information of anyone who may have been witness to the accident. Witnesses may be able to vouch for your claim that the other driver was distracted at the time of the accident, or may even make the assertion for you. After all, car accidents often occur suddenly, and the victims are typically blindsided by the collision.
  • Cell phone records: Cell phone records are another important piece of evidence in a distracted driving accident claim, as cell phone records do not lie. If need be, our attorneys can subpoena the defendant’s cell phone records to prove that they were, in fact, using their cell phone at the time of the accident.
  • Video evidence: These days, traffic and surveillance cameras are everywhere, so if your accident occurred at a busy intersection, or on a street with a lot of commerce, we may be able to pull camera footage of the at-fault driver and prove that he or she was distracted when the accident occurred.

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Contact a Seattle, WA Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer

At the Khan Law Firm, PLLC, our distracted driving car accident attorneys have a thorough understanding of Washington distracted driving laws, and utilize that knowledge to help our clients achieve a fair settlement. If you were recently involved in a car accident that was the result of someone else’s distracted driving, you are entitled to compensation. To make the most of your distracted driving car accident claim, retain the help of a Seattle, WA car accident attorney. Contact our personal injury law firm at 206.455.6220 to schedule your free initial consultation today.