Distracted Driving Accident

How Common is Distracted Driving in U.S. vs. Europe?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on March 29, 2013

Seattle Distracted Driving AccidentsThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that distracted driving is more widespread in the United States than in Europe. According to the CDC, nearly 69 percent of U.S. motorists have admitted to talking on a cell phone while driving in the past month. The number of distracted European drivers, however, was as low as 21 percent in the United Kingdom and 59 percent in Portugal. Portugal, with 31 percent, is also the only European country in the study to match the number of U.S. drivers who have read, sent a text, or an email while driving. Spain, in comparison, only had 15 percent of drivers who have texted or emailed in the past 30 days while driving.

The reported 69 percent of U.S. drivers who have recently used a cell phone while operating a vehicle is consistent with previous studies. The AAA Foundation reported that about 69 percent of drivers in the U.S. used a cell phone while driving in the year 2010. Read the rest »

Are Your Teens Texting Behind the Wheel?

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

Washington Texting Distracted DrivingWhen your teens take the car, are they texting while they drive – even though they know it’s dangerous? One study from the University of Michigan found that many parents don’t know the answer to this question.

As most experienced Washington distracted driving accident attorneys have found, young drivers mimic the driving behaviors of their parents, for better or worse. When parents are distracted drivers, teens will often become distracted drivers as well. Read the rest »

Analyzing Distractions: How Do I Know If I’m Taking a Risk Behind the Wheel?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on November 27, 2012

Distracted driving has gotten a great deal of media attention in recent years, and much of the coverage has focused on the use of handheld cell phones and texting while driving. However, any kind of distraction behind the wheel can increase your risk for an accident.

To understand how distractions work and when you’re at risk of an accident due to a distraction, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) suggests considering the following factors: Read the rest »

Easton, Washington Car Accident Sends Two to Hospital

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on August 13, 2012

Two passengers had to be rushed to a Bellevue hospital for emergency care after a chain-reaction crash on Interstate 90 left them seriously injured, according to a recent article in The Yakima Herald.

The accident occurred about 10 miles west of Easton. It began when a driver from Arizona rear-ended the back of a Ford pickup truck driven by a Stanwood resident. The impact pushed the Ford truck into the back of an SUV, which then hit a second pickup truck, a Chevrolet driven by a resident of Olympia. Read the rest »

Cars That ‘Talk’ To Each Other May Help Prevent Washington Car Accidents

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on June 12, 2012

One of many new technologies aimed at making cars safer is a vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication system that would allow cars to “talk” to one another while on the road. Information exchanged between vehicles can be communicated to the driver to help him or her avoid an accident, according to developers.

The system connects vehicles using wireless communications networks already in place and wireless devices placed inside each vehicle. Cars within about 1,000 feet of one another trade information about 10 times per second, checking up on one another’s location, direction, and speed. Read the rest »

Hands-Free Gadgets May Still Pose Distracted Driving Risks

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on April 27, 2012

Cell phone headsets, voice-activated systems, and other hands-free gadgets in vehicles may help keep a driver’s hands on the wheel. However, they can still cause distracted driving accidents or injuries if they distract the driver’s eyes or mind from the task of driving, according to a recent article in the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), drivers whose brains are distracted with conversation, following directions, or other cognitive activities miss up to 50 percent of the information in their surrounding environments. When driving, this means missing up to half of the vital information needed to avoid a crash, such as things like whether a light is changing from yellow to red, whether and from what direction other cars are approaching, or whether there are children or animals present that might suddenly run into the street. Read the rest »

Cell Phones Can Cause Fatal Driver Distraction

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on April 5, 2012

Seattle Distracted DrivingCell phone use in the U.S. has exploded in recent years, according to studies by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and other highway safety groups. In 1995, only 11 percent of the U.S. population, or about 33,000 people, had a cell phone. By 2010, however, that number had grown to 93 percent of the population, or nearly 300 million people.

Today, cell phones are often a person’s only telephone line and a primary means of communicating not just in phone calls, but also in sharing documents, writing e-mails, and sending text messages. As we become more dependent on our cell phones, we are more likely to use them even in situations where their use is dangerous – such as behind the wheel of a car. Read the rest »

Five Steps to Fight Distracted Driving

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on November 10, 2011

Even though the vast majority of U.S. states ban text messaging while driving to address distracted driving risks, an Ad Council study reports a whopping 82 percent of young drivers, between 16 and 24 years old, have engaged in this dangerous activity. And it’s not only the younger demographic who are distracted behind the wheel: approximately 20 percent of all accidents involving injury in 2009 were reportedly caused by distraction. However, like all reckless behavior, distracted driving can be prevented with a combination of awareness and good choices. Below are five tips, picked from recommendations by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA).

  1. Never use your phone or any other hand held device while driving. Not only is it illegal, but research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) shows drivers who use hand held devices are four times as likely to get into accidents severe enough to cause injury. The University of Utah also determined that using a cell phone (regardless of whether it’s hands free or not) compromises a driver’s response time to the same extent as being legally drunk with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent. So switch off your ringer. Read the rest »

Researchers, Policy Groups Divided on How to Address Distracted Driving Risks

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on October 26, 2011

Distracted Driving AccidentsMany research studies recently have focused on distracted driving and how it contributes to car accident risks. Most studies agree that distracted driving increases the risk of a crash, and that the more distracted a driver is, the more likely he or she is to have an accident. A study completed by researchers at the University of Utah, for instance, found that drivers who text while driving show the same kinds of impairment as drivers with a 0.08 blood alcohol concentration – the legal limit for drunk driving.

However, when it comes to deciding what to do to decrease distracted driving, researchers and policymakers are uncertain. This is because there’s very little research on what kinds of policies actually decrease distracted driving risks. At least one study indicates that banning handheld cell phone use actually increases the risk of an accident, as drivers may attempt to conceal their cell phone use while driving, a task that takes additional attention away from the road. Read the rest »

U.S. States Follow Washington in Efforts to Curb Distracted Driving

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on September 9, 2011

In 2007, Washington became the first state to ban drivers from sending cell phone text messages – or “texting” – while driving a motor vehicle. Since then, over 36 states have passed similar bans in response to an increase in distracted driving accidents, as well as the general growing concern about distracted driving.

In 2010, the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA) compiled a report on the many different methods states are using to combat distracted driving. Popular methods include
passing laws to ban or limit common distractions like cell phone use and launching education campaigns to warn teens learning to drive and other drivers that distracted driving can have serious, even deadly, consequences. Read the rest »

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