Distracted Driving Accident

Apps and Driving Don’t Mix – Look at Rising Accident Rates

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on June 6, 2017

driving- cell phoneThe disturbing news is that accident rates are rising. But the really disturbing news is how fast they’re rising and by what magnitude.

Traffic fatalities are also on the rise. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), after steadily declining over the last four decades, the percentage of highway accident fatalities in 2015 had its biggest annual increase in 50 years. Why is this increase in deaths and accidents occurring when motor vehicles have been getting safer for years?

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Pokémon Go Encourages Drivers to Cheat the System, Resulting in Careless Driving

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on August 15, 2016

pokemon-goPokémon Go is the current craze sweeping the entire world, from Seattle, Washington to Tokyo, Japan. Designed by Niantic after a successful franchise involving a television show, video games, and trading cards, the app seeks to revitalize interest in hunting and collecting rare animals known as Pokémon, evolving them, and then battling other Pokémon at locations known as gyms.

Pokémon Go is, in some respects, an ingenious phone app that seeks to encourage children this summer to get off of their couches and go outside. Many players have lauded the app as helping them lose weight by walking long distances, and others have expressed that the app helped them explore sites and monuments that they never knew existed. With that said, many players have recently realized that they can catch more Pokémon while driving and have thus taken to the roads, staring intently at their phones instead of the road. Read the rest »

Truck Accidents Caused by Distracted Drivers in Seattle

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on October 21, 2015

Empty RoadThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) doesn’t allow interstate truck drivers to use hand-held devices while driving. Drivers who violate this new ban on texting while driving will be fined, and it could affect their Safety Measurement System results. Using hand held devices while driving is a negligent act that could lead to a serious injury accident.  Read the rest »

New Washington State Law Would Prevent All Cell Phone Use

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 2, 2015

Under current Washington State law, you cannot text or hold your phone up to your ear to make a call while driving. However, you can talk while holding your phone away from ear. There are several gray areas regarding using your phone for reasons other than sending a text or making a call. A new bill recently introduced in the state Senate, however, aims to clear up the gray areas and close the loopholes.

According to a recent news report in the Seattle Press Intelligencer, if the new bill passes, it would eliminate all handling of cell phones while behind the wheel. In fact, drivers in Washington will not even be allowed to touch their phone at a stop sign or red light. The goal of the law is to deter all forms of phone related distracted driving. It will outlaw typing and reading emails, sending instant messages, pulling up websites, and entering phone numbers. The new potential law will, however, allow drivers to call 911 to report criminal activity. Drivers will also be able to use GPS devices as long as they are secured in a hands-free way. Read the rest »

Washington State Patrol Wants Harsher Distracted Driving Laws

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on January 13, 2015

Washington State officials were among the first in the country to recognize the dangers of distracted driving and to act upon it. Washington State passed a ban on distracted driving back in 2008. Then in 2010, distracted driving became a primary offense, which means that officers can pull you over just for driving while distracted. Now, officers are calling upon state officials to once again strengthen distracted driver laws statewide.

According to a King 5 news report, the Washington State Patrol wants the distracted driving law enhanced. Under current law, drivers who are using their phone to check stocks or read Facebook do not receive citations. Under the law, only drivers who text while driving are considered distracted. The officers believe that looking at your phone is a dangerous form of distraction no matter how you are using your phone. Read the rest »

Washington Police Join National Crackdown on Distracted Driving

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on April 18, 2014

Across the county, law enforcement officers are on the lookout for distracted drivers as part of the month-long “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” campaign. According to a King 5 news report, Washington State has joined the crackdown with high visibility enforcement. They are specifically looking for drivers who are not paying attention to the road while using their cell phones. This includes drivers who are staring at their screen, who are holding their phone in front of their wheel, and those whose faces are lit by their phones while driving.

It is important to deter this type of behavior because distracted driving is a serious problem that results in a number of fatal crashes each year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that there were 3,328 people killed in distraction-related crashes in 2012. Furthermore, about 421,000 people were injured in car crashes involving distracted drivers during that same year. Read the rest »

Seattle Police Car Crash Caused by Texting Driver

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 3, 2014

A driver, who officials say was texting, struck a car that forced a Seattle detective’s unmarked car into a ditch. According to a KIRO TV news report, the distracted driving accident occurred on Interstate 5 near the 200th Street exit in SeaTac. Officials say the driver was texting and let the vehicle drift into another lane where it struck a vehicle. That car then hit the police vehicle carrying a detective and a Seattle Police Department employee. The passenger in the detective’s car was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

Distracted driving is a serious problem all across the nation. When you are making a call or sending a text, you are not focused on the roadway or on the act of driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted drivers injured 421,000 people in 2012. Sending or receiving a text can take your eyes from the roadway for about 4.6 seconds, which is the equivalent of the length of a football field if you are driving 55 mph. Motorists who are looking at their cell phones are often unable to react to changing roadway conditions or even notice that they are in danger until it is too late. Read the rest »

Hands-Free Texting is Still Unsafe for Seattle Drivers, Study Shows

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on June 18, 2013

Seattle car accident attorneys have been warning Washington motorists about the dangers of distracted driving. In an effort to combat texting while driving, many auto manufacturers are advertising voice commands technology as a safe way to send text messages and emails while driving. A new study by AAA, however, shows that using voice commands to send texts is actually more dangerous and distracting than simply talking on a cell phone.

Many new vehicles are being built with dashboard infotainment systems that have voice command capabilities. Auto manufacturers are even reaching out to younger drivers by creating systems capable of connecting to Facebook. If you have seen the ads, you may be under the impression that these devices are safe because they allow drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road. Read the rest »

Driver Causes Fatal Crash in Seattle While Looking at Cell Phone Photos

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on May 16, 2013

Seattle Distracted Driver AccidentA 20-year-old Federal Way woman was killed and four others were critically injured in a Seattle car accident that may have involved a distracted and impaired motorist. As reported by The Seattle Press Intelligencer, the fatal crash occurred on Interstate 5 in Seattle. Prosecutors say the driver was given a phone displaying a photo of a scantily clad woman shortly before crashing. Officials report that he also displayed signs of intoxication and that he had been drinking vodka earlier in the evening.

Distracted driving, particularly driving while looking at a cell phone, computer, or other electronic device, can be extremely dangerous. These types of devices take the driver’s eyes off the roadway and attention away from the act of driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2011, 3,331 people were killed and 387,000 were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver. Read the rest »

New Guidelines to Limit Distracted Driving

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on May 9, 2013

Seattle Distracted Driving CrashThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is attempting to limit the number of in-vehicle distractions. According to The Detroit News, NHTSA released new guidelines on April 30 that discourage auto manufacturers from installing certain in-car Internet browsing devices. The U.S. Transportation Department is advising against installing devices that display web page content and text messages.

Automakers have requested and received a buffer of three years before the voluntary guidelines take effect. NHTSA does not expect existing vehicle models that have these distracting devices to undergo revisions within the next couple of years. However, the agency suggests that it is acceptable to display maps or location information, but photorealistic images, 3D images, web pages, books, periodicals, and texts are too distracting. Read the rest »

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