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Washington state has very strict laws against distracted driving, but unfortunately that doesn't prevent many drivers from texting, sending emails, talking on the phone, and other dangerous activities when they are behind the wheel of a car.

State law requires drivers who wish to talk on a cell phone to use a hands-free device so they are not distracted by their mobile phone while driving a vehicle. These laws exist to encourage drivers to focus their attention on driving safely, but we all know that laws can only do so much. 

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Davis Law Group has represented countless victims of motor vehicle accidents caused by a distracted driver.  Davis Law Group has been named Best Injury Law Firm in Washington State by AI Legal Awards and Best Personal Injury Law Firm in Washington State by AI Dispute Resolution Awards

distracted driving lawyer seattleIf you have been injured by a driver who was distracted at the time of the accident, it may be in the best interests of you and your family to consult with an attorney about your legal options.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident our legal staff is here to help you better understand your legal rights so you can start your journey to justice. Call Davis Law Group at 206-727-4000 or use the contact form on this page to schedule a free consultation.

Federal Distracted Driving Laws

On January 26, 2010 a federal law went into effect that bans drivers of commercial vehicles in the United States from texting or using a cell phone while they are driving. Those who are caught violating this law are subject to a $2,750 fine.

The reality is that commercial vehicles are much larger than a standard motor vehicle, and therefore the risk of serious injury or death from an accident involving a commercial vehicle is much higher. The deadly nature of commercial vehicle accidents alone is enough justification for the severe punishment that accompanies federal distracted driving laws.

Distracted Driving Accident Statistics

2016 Washington State Distracted Driver Statistics

  • Fatal Crashes - 77
  • Suspected Serious Injury Accidents - 199
  • Possible/Suspected Injury Collisions - 3,671
  • Total Distracted Driver Involved Crashes - 12,314

2016 King County Distracted Driver Statistics

  • Fatal Crashes - 9
  • Suspected Serious Injury Accidents - 65
  • Possible/Suspected Injury Collisions - 251
  • Total Distracted Driver Involved Crashes - 3,819
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Figure: Map of 2017 Distracted Driving Accidents in King County

Washington State Distracted Driving Laws

In Washington state, sending and receiving text messages or talking on a cell phone without a hands free device while operating a motor vehicle a primary offense. This allows state and local police officers to issue tickets to drivers based solely on the officer's observation of text messaging or illegal cell phone use. The fine for using a cell phone behind the wheel in Washington state is $124.

On July 23rd, 2017, a new distracted driving law went into effect in Washington state. Drivers are not allowed to hold electronic devices such as phones in their hands at all while they are on the road. They are allowed “minimal use” of a finger on their device if it’s a quick tap to activate, deactivate, or initiate a function. This means that you can still use your cell phone to play music or check GPS directions, but your phone must be at your side or in a dashboard cradle, not in your hand. The fine for a first offense is $136; subsequent fines rise to $235. Insurance companies are allowed to treat citations under this new law as moving violations, and can raise offenders’ rates.

But laws can only do so much to prevent distracted driving accidents from occurring, and the CDC says more than nine people are killed in crashes involving a distracted driver each day in the United States.

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