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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.

Since it became the first state to ban texting while driving, Washington has remained at the forefront of finding new and effective ways to cut down on the risks of distracted driving. These include expanding educational programs to include courts and attorneys who handle distracted-driving-related cases and launching media programs to keep people informed about distracted driving risks and ways to protect their own and others’ safety. As the number of injury-causing distracted-driving accidents continues to creep upward, Washington and other states continue to fight to decrease the number of people affected by distracted driving accidents each year.

If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident with a distracted driver in Washington, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced distracted driving accident attorneys in Seattle at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., for a free and confidential evaluation of your case. Call us today at (888) 228-3860.

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