Yet another accident caused by texting and driving occurred this week. It happened in Vancouver, Washington around the 9400 bloc of NW Lakeshore Ave. There were two vehicles involved and both drivers were taken to the hospital.
Apparently the driver of a Mitusbishi Eclipse was texting his mother when he swerved into oncoming traffic and struck, head on, a GMC Sierra. It’s lucky that more vehicles weren’t involved, but it’s still a sad state that texting and driving is such a problem in today’s society.
The reason that texting while you’re driving is such a dangerous thing to do is because you have to pull all of your attention off the road to look at your phone, to type or read the incoming message. It may seem obvious that if you’re looking at your phone you are not paying attention to the road, but more and more accidents are being caused by distracted drivers.
Some states are passing laws that make it a primary offense to even handle your cell phone while you’re operating your vehicle, Washington is among them. And other ways people are trying to combat this is by inventing apps for cell phones that send out automatic replies when they detect you’re moving at a certain speed. This is supposed to keep you from feeling the urge to reply to the incoming text messages.
As a personal injury lawyer Seattle I’ve actually handled cases where people were rear-ended by drivers that were distracted by their cell phone. If you’re going to use your phone in your car you need to use a hands free headset and avoid texting at all costs.
It’s, also, not a good idea to pull over to the side of major roadways to talk on your phone, or fire off that text message. Those areas are for emergencies only and you can cause traffic problems or even accidents by trying to merge back into traffic form a stop. So the best thing you can do is pull of at an exit, or into a parking lot to take care of your texting and cell phone needs.