It seems quaint that not so long ago, a person had to be stationary to surf the internet. It was an activity that was typically done in a home or office and required a desktop computer that had a wired connection to a modem. However, today, with the development of smartphones and other portable devices, many people access the internet while on the go, be it while walking or driving.
Although it is indisputably more convenient, surfing the web while mobile can be dangerous. According to a recent survey, more people are surfing the internet while driving, increasing the risk of car accidents on roadways in Washington and nationwide. The results of the survey also showed that young drivers are not the only ones who are on the internet while in transit. Drivers of all ages access the internet while driving, checking social networks, and updating social media.
Texting while behind the wheel can cause the same disastrous results of other forms of distracted driving: swerving outside of the lane or median, rear-end collisions, and a failure to notice pedestrians or bicyclists. Even though Washington law has addressed the problem of distracted driving by banning the use of handheld wireless communication devices while operating a motor vehicle, serious accidents still happen.
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In addition to the criminal penalties for driving while using electronic devices while driving, distracted drivers also face lawsuits. Under Washington law, a driver who is injured by a distracted driver is entitled to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for medical bills, lost wages and future medical expenses. If you or a loved one has been injured by an inattentive driver, contact Maxey Law Office PLLC at (509) 652-3330 or email to talk to an experienced personal injury attorney to protect your right to compensation.