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:
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:
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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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
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!
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.
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.
In our fast-paced world, distractions are rampant. Technological innovation has given us so many options vying for our attention, which is a very lucrative business. Smart phones are everywhere, and contain a tiny universe of information packaged in colors, sounds and vibrations, providing endless interface as soon as we dip our attention down into the screen's stream.
As a personal injury attorney, my practice brings me in touch with people who have been victims of distracted driving here in Bellingham, Skagit or Whatcom County. Accidents where distracted driving was a factor are reaching epidemic proportions, even as lawmakers try to crack down on the usage of some of the biggest distractors - cell phones. More and more research has been coming out about how our brains handle various distractions while driving, some of which I found important to share.
Chances are, if you have driven on any road in Bellingham or Whatcom County, you’ve looked up in your rearview to see the front grill of the car behind you filling the mirror entirely. It’s irritating, nerve-racking, and unsafe. Sometimes drivers do it without knowing, especially if they are distracted, other times it’s obvious they are trying to get on your nerves.