Accidents happen for many reasons. Drivers may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or they suffer fatigue from long working hours or a lack of sleep. Distracted driving, however, is an especially prevalent cause for Washington car accidents.
Nearly three years ago, the state’s distracted-driving law went into effect. However, a recent study quoted by Seattle’s KOMO News states that Washington is in the top 5 for most distracted driving accidents despite the law. The KOMO article goes on to affirm that Washington has some of the strictest laws in the United States regarding distracted driving.
So, what is happening that the state continues to have so many of these accidents? It is possible that, despite over 30 months since its official implementation, some residents simply do not know what the Washington distracted-driving law entails.
What you cannot do under the law
As a motorist, you may not hold your phone to your ear. The law also prevents you from to looking at photos, read articles or messages while driving. And even the use of your handheld device while at a red light is illegal.
What is still permitted
If mounted properly, you can use your smartphone as an app for navigation. But you must do so with minimal use. Using hands-free apps or hands-free calling devices is also permitted. And, of course, calling 911 or related urgent calls remain legal.
If you are the injury victim of a distracted-driving accident and you are considering your legal options, seek the help of an experienced auto accident attorney as soon as possible.