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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Teen car crashes rise after Memorial Day

Research has found that the 100 days after Memorial Day are the most dangerous, as the number of people killed in a car accident involving teen drivers increases drastically. A majority of these car wrecks involved distractions behind the wheel. The study done by the AAA Foundation and the University of Idaho revealed that 60 percent of crashes were caused by texting or checking emails. 50 percent of teens admitted to doing these actions as well.

Each year, about 1,022 people die in car accidents involving a teen driver.

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We have to get creative to find ways to prevent distracted driving

Distracted driving is as big of a problem as drunk driving – if not bigger. Not everybody drinks or drinks all day, but on average, each American checks his or her phone 46 times per day. That means Americans check their phones 8 billion times each day, according to this Time magazine article on distracted driving. Do that while you’re driving, and you’re spending that estimated five seconds it takes to check your text or look at that game’s score driving blind.

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Three weeks until we draw scholarship winners

For all Whatcom and Skagit County area high school students, the time to send in your entry for our scholarship contest is now! The deadline is fast approaching, and winners will get a cash prize! Here are six reasons to enter:

1. Did you catch the part about free money?

2. It's easy. All it takes is at least 45 seconds of your time to make a video. Okay, planning out a winning entry will probably take a little more time than under a minute, but the final product need only be at least 45 seconds long. 

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8 Crazy things people do while driving

If you've spent any time on my website, blog, or Facebook page, you probably have a pretty good idea that I'm focused on helping victims of drunk and distracted drivers. Since distracted driving has ballooned into such an epidemic problem, I often write about how dangerous it is. Because this is an entirely preventable risk, just like drunk driving, it seems crazy that people continue to do it. There is so much information, and laws, that educate drivers on the risks and yet it's everywhere you look.

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Statistics on distracted driving

We live in a powerful age of ubiquitous technology and data here in Bellingham, this wonderful City of Subdued Excitement. While it's a blessing to be able to understand more and more of our world and what we're creating in it, it's also distracting. Here are some recent statistics that opened my eyes even more to the challenges we're facing in safe driving.

First, a quick primer on the kinds of distractions we face on the road. There are three categories:

manual - taking your hands off the wheel

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"I was just checking the time" and other excuses that do not get you out of a distracted driving ticket

It takes about five seconds to glance at your phone while texting. 

A popular statistic is that driving for five seconds at highway speed while texting is like driving the length of a football field blindfolded. I did the math; it actually only takes a car going 40 mph to travel that distance. Whatcom and Skagit high school students entering my scholarship contest - this is a great opportunity to ask for some extra credit from your math teacher and see if I'm right!

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Who is at fault when no one is driving? And other questions autonomous cars will pose

Perhaps you heard of the car pulled over in Mountain View, CA that was driving itself. Though sitting shotgun was a human being employed by Google, the manufacturer of the vehicle, the police officer soon realized no one was actually driving. The car was pulled over because it was going too slow. Google is currently testing this new technology on public streets, and to be cautious they have capped the speed of the cars at 25 mph.

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The Psychology of Onlooker Delay, aka Rubbernecking

We’ve all been stuck behind someone who is “guilty” of this, and likely have been the one causing the delay ourselves. When there is a car accident, people slow down and look. Sometimes this distracted driving even creates another rear-end accident. As a car accident attorney here in Bellingham, I hear the details of many crashes, and it’s compelled me to wonder about why we do this.

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