Distracted Driving in Bellingham – A moment of inattention results in devastating accidents and injuries

Distracted driving accidents are on the rise in Bellingham and throughout Whatcom County, due to the increase of the following types of distractions:

  • Texting;
  • Using a cell phone or a smart phone;
  • Eating and drinking;
  • Talking to passengers;
  • Using a navigation system;
  • Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player.

All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety.It takes just a split second for a distracted driver to cause serious injuries and even death.

Personal Injury Attorney Bill Coats has helped many clients who were victims of distracted drivers

Bill has seen that these drivers can be just as dangerous as drunk drivers, and their driving behavior can be just as erratic. And when an accident happens, the outcome can be just as devastating.

If you have been injured, or a loved one has been killed in a collision with a distracted driver, you need experienced legal help. To learn about your options and rights, contact Bellingham lawyer Bill Coats today by calling (360) 392-2833 or by completing this confidential contact form.

Recent statistics show how common distracted driving is in the U.S.

The government’s website, Distraction.gov, offers insight into how common distracted driving is:

  • An estimated 421,000 people were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver;
  • At any given time, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or electronic devices while driving;
  • 10% of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash.

 

Bellingham lawyer Bill Coats has focuses on personal injury claims against distracted drivers for 20 years

Bill has worked with many clients who were seriously injured in accidents with distracted drivers. He understands that along with the injuries, medical treatments, and bills a victim must deal with, there is as sense of anger and frustration that a driver engaged in dangerous behavior that caused the collision.

Contact Bill to learn more about your potential claim, and what your rights are as you recover from a collision with a distracted driver. You can reach Bill by calling (360) 392-2833 or by completing this confidential contact form.

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