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Washington Cell Phone Driving Laws Seek to Prevent Distracted Driving Accidents

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on July 15, 2011

The majority of states in the U.S. have placed limits on the use of cell phones and other handheld devices by drivers, and Washington is no exception. Cell phone driving laws like Washington’s are designed to cut down on the number of accidents caused by distracted driving by limiting the amount of distraction a cell phone can cause.

According to the Governors’ Highway Safety Association (GHSA), Washington is one of nine U.S. states that ban all drivers from using a handheld cell phone while driving. Drivers may, however, use a hands-free device to talk on their phones, as long as they are driving with a full-fledged Washington state driver’s license. Washington drivers who are still using a learner’s permit or an intermediate license, however, may not use a cell phone at all while driving. These novice drivers should find a place to park off the road before using a cell phone.

Along with 33 other states, Washington also bans text messaging while driving. Sending text messages is particularly dangerous for drivers, since it requires the driver to take their eyes and hands off the wheel and to temporarily stop paying attention to the car’s surroundings. No one may send or read a text message while driving, but drivers may pull off the road and park somewhere safe before sending or reading text messages.

Cell phone distraction is a major cause of serious car accidents in Washington. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced Seattle distracted driving accident attorneys at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. To learn more about how we can help, call us today at 888-228-3860 for a free and confidential consultation.

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