Cell Phone Accident

Study Finds Washington State’s Drivers are Still Distracted by Cell Phones

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on October 8, 2013

Seattle Auto AccidentOne out of every 12 drivers in six major counties in Washington State are still using cell phones or other electronic devices while driving, according to a distracted driving study conducted statewide. A news report in The Seattle Times states that the recently released study, which also shows that half of all drivers text while driving, is the first of its kind.

The study was conducted by the Injury Prevention and Research Center at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Researchers say texting is the worst form of distraction for drivers because it takes the driver’s eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, and attention away from the act of driving. Read the rest »

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AT&T Documentary Illustrates the Damage of Texting and Driving

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on September 25, 2012

In 2007, Washington became the first U.S. state to pass a law banning drivers from sending or reading text messages while behind the wheel. Unfortunately, not all U.S. states followed suit. Even in states that ban texting and driving, people are seriously injured or even killed each year when drivers decide a text just can’t wait.

Now, AT&T has released a free documentary that illustrates the personal costs of texting and driving. Titled “The Last Text,” the documentary encourages drivers to pledge never to text while behind the wheel. Read the rest »

How Cell Phone Distraction Leads to Washington Car Accidents

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 6, 2012

Life today can be incredibly fast-paced, with individuals rushing to and from jobs, appointments, meals, and meetings. As such, many choose to use cell phones to talk and text while driving in order to accomplish several tasks at once. In Washington, hand-held cell phone use and texting while driving are illegal. Unfortunately, many still choose to break these laws, often leading to serious and even fatal distracted driving accidents in Washington. In addition, even hands-free cell phone use creates plenty of distractions for drivers today.

There are three main types of distraction that a driver can fall victim to, all of which have their own dangers and can result from use of a cell phone while driving. These types of distractions are: Read the rest »

NTSB Recommends Cell Phone Driving Ban; States May Disagree

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on December 27, 2011

cell phone accidentThe National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) recent recommendation to ban all cell phone use while driving is already facing skepticism in many states, according to a recent article in The Washington Post.

One of the states shying away from a complete ban is Missouri, where a 2010 crash caused by a cell-phone-chatting 19-year-old in a pickup truck involved a tractor-trailer and two school buses, and caused multiple deaths and injuries. Since the crash, Missouri has had bills introduced in its state legislature to ban cell phone use behind the wheel. The bills were filibustered. Read the rest »

Washington State Patrol Issued 6,850 Tickets During First Year of Cell Phone Ban

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on June 14, 2011

In June 2010, Washington’s legislature made a law that prohibited sending texts or emails on a cell phone while driving into a primary offense, meaning that police could ticket people who violated the law without first having to stop them for another violation, like an illegal lane change or a broken taillight. Since the change a year ago, the Washington State Patrol has issued 6,850 tickets to drivers violating the law, a huge increase from the 1,344 tickets issued before texting became a primary offense.

The law also prohibits holding a cell phone to one’s ear while driving, though drivers can talk on their phones if they use a hands-free device. Drivers who are under age 18 may not use a cell phone in any way while driving, even if it is hands-free. Read the rest »

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