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Cell phone usage and texting while driving - Distracted driving is a major cause of serious and fatal motor-vehicle crashes each year

In 2012, 3,328 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver.  One of the most alarming and widespread forms of distracted driving is cell phone usage.  According to a Carnegie Mellon study, driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37 percent.  And a report from the National Safety Council found that people talking on cell phones or sending text messages cause more than one out of every four traffic accidents.   Text messaging is of heightened concern because it combines three types of distraction – visual, manual and cognitive.  In other words, texting involves taking your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel, and your mind off the task of driving - the ultimate form of distracted driving.

Is a distracted driver who was talking or texting on a cell phone always at fault in a collision?

Since every crash and every case is unique, and since the laws differ from state to state, anyone who has been injured in a crash with a driver who was using a cell phone should consult with a personal injury attorney who will explore the facts of the collision, collect all related documentation, and oversee an insurance claim to ensure that an injured person's rights are protected.
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Everett-Bellingham WA

Sorry officer, I didn't see you trying to pull me over because I was on my phone

More and more people are becoming aware of the dangers of texting and driving. In fact, more and more laws are being created to deal with this dangerous habit in drivers worldwide. And yet drivers continue to believe that they are immune to the risks, and use their phones. In Washington State, this can mean a ticket, despite the many excuses offered to the Officer. Click here to read about what not to say if you're pulled over for distracted driving.

Everett-Bellingham WA

How is fault determined when no one is driving? And other questions autonomous vehicles will raise

In the next few decades, we might be riding cars that drive us, leaving us free to completely distract ourselves with video screens and any other tasks than driving. Projections from some studies show that this could reduce accidents by 90%. Bill Coats Law takes a look at what implications autonomous vehicles have for personal injury cases.

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