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.
If you have been in a different type of collision and want specific information about it, please click on the corresponding link below:
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.
A lot of myths surround the idea of multi-tasking. According to the online etymology dictionary, the term itself came about for the first time in 1966, and only had to do with computing. It wasn't until as recent as 1998 that the term was traced to usage in how humans, not just computers, process information. Current research highlighted by the National Safety Council shows the idea of doing two thinking tasks at one time, as the term has popularly come to mean, is a myth.
It’s not too hard to imagine. You’re driving along on another beautiful sunny Bellingham day, and bam! Someone runs into you, or – we know it can happen – you run into someone else. Immediately the adrenaline and emotions run high, and it can be hard to know what to do next.
So what do you do if you are in an accident? Whether you are driving close to home in Bellingham, Whatcom County or beyond, these are the steps to follow.
Many auto accidents in Bellingham, Washington and Whatcom County happen because of distracted driving. Distracted driving is not limited to actively texting or using an electronic device, but includes talking on a phone, or any activity that takes a driver’s attention from the act of driving. According to Distraction.Gov, at any given moment during daylight hours, over 660,000 vehicles are being driven by someone using a hand-held cell phone.
Suzi Baydek, a Sehome High School sophomore, wrote the winning essay for the 2015 Scholarship Contest. This annual scholarship contest gives cash prizes to the top three essays received. This year's topic was "How can teens help reduce the number of collisions caused by distracted drivers?" Suzi offered several helpful tips, and encourages drivers - teens and adults alike - to sign a pledge to not drive while distracted. Her essay is below: