A distracted driver caused a car accident in Richland on Highway 240 according to Washington State Troopers. A 73-year-old Richland man stopped for a newly installed light which had turned red. Unfortunately, the driver behind them failed to stop due to being distracted by an electronic device and slammed into the back of the Richland man. The Richland man was taken to a nearby medical center for evaluation of injuries. The distracted driver was reportedly not injured in the car accident.
What Qualifies as Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving is when a person engages in other activities while also operating a motor vehicle. The following are some things that are considered to be distracted driving:
- Using a cell phone or smartphone
- Eating or drinking
- Using a navigation system
- Adjusting the radio or other device to play music
- Talking to passengers
Distracted Driving Statistics
In 2014, 431,000 people were injured and 3,179 people were killed in a car accident involving a distracted driver according to distraction.gov. Many may assume that only young drivers are distracted while driving. Only ten percent of all young drivers between the age of 15 to 19 years old involved in a fatal car accident were reported as a distracted driver at the time of the accident.
Every moment that passes there are an approximate 660,000 drivers across America driving while using a cellphone. This number has held steady since 2010. The National Safety Council has reported 1.6 million car accidents each year resulting from cell phone use while driving. These are appalling statistics that will hopefully make you think before considering doing anything else but driving the next time you get behind the wheel.
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If you’ve been injured in a car accident from the negligence of a distracted driver, contact the car crash lawyers at Parke Gordon Law Firm to handle your case. Our attorneys are trusted, aggressive and experienced personal injury attorneys in the Tri-Cities area. We believe every client deserves fair representation, not just big insurance companies with deep pockets. Call the law office of personal injury attorney Mat Parke today for a free consultation.
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