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State lawmakers approved stricter distracted driving definitions and penalties for all Washington State drivers. No more loopholes for social media usage, selfies, snapchats, or playing Asphalt-Extreme while behind the wheel.
In fact, distracted driving is a known factor in one out of four car accidents according to National Safety Council. (link is external)There's a big disconnect between drivers' ideas about distracted driving and their behavior.
MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY - A single car crash on Friday afternoon shortly before 4:00 has resulted in three people being hospitalized.
Tire Blowout and Missing Tire Contribute to Two Separate Truck Accidents in Greater Philadelphia Area
While the two incidents described above resulted in only minor injuries, given the size of truck tires and the potential for tractor-trailers to flip and crash if they experience tire issues, it’s common for these situations to end badly for all involved.
It is bad enough that the federal government estimates that 16% of all crash-related deaths in the U.S. are caused by some form of distraction. Furthermore, research from the AAA Foundation suggests that distraction is an even bigger issue than the numbers might indicate.
They know the injured victim is going to demand compensation – likely significant compensation from them – in damages. Their insurance company is likely going to tell them that they’re going to have to pay much higher premiums as a result.
But the truth is, some drivers are more at risk of being involved in a car crash than others. And while the statistics might not apply to each crash, they do speak volumes.
Some drivers think that they're somehow safer drivers than others. They make up rules that make them feel like they're following the law, i.e. only texting at stoplights (which is illegal by Washington's new distracted driving law, by the way.)
Hopefully you are well familiar with this saying: driving while distracted at highway speed is like traveling the length of a football field (link is external)with your eyes closed.
Riding a motorcycle is a popular hobby—more than 8.6 million motorcycles run on the road. However, accidents do take place, and motorcyclists can unfortunately suffer catastrophic injuries because motorcycles leave them so exposed.