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Two Days, Two Texting While Driving Accidents

In just a two-day period, Washington state saw two accidents caused by distracted drivers who were text messaging behind the wheel.  Both drivers were under the age of 21.  If you’ve been keeping up with my blog, then you know that this Seattle accident lawyer takes texting while driving very seriously.

I’ve made numerous posts about the dangers of texting while driving and all the programs popping up around the country trying to squash this quickly growing trend.  Afterall, people who text while driving are even more likely to get in an accident than a drunk driver since their eyes divert from the road for a longer period of time.

According to this article, the accident was caused by a 20-year old girl from Camas who rear-ended the car in front of her when it came to a sudden stop.  That car then plowed into the car in front of it.  All of the vehicles were totaled in the accident and the 51-year old driver of the car sandwiched in the middle of the two cars was taken to a local hospital to receive treatment for neck and back injuries.  Her current condition is not known at this time.  The young woman who caused the car accident did not sustain and injuries during the crash and was charged with texting while driving and tailgating the car in front of her.

The day before, an 18-year old boy from Vancouver crossed the center line and collided head on with another vehicle.  Both drivers were transported to hospitals via ambulance.  Let these stories serve as a reminder not to text and drive.  Keep in mind that on June 10th the new law will go into effect which makes texting while driving or talking on a hand-held cell phone while driving a primary offense.

-Kirk Bernard