As a Seattle auto accident attorney, I meet a lot of people who believe distracted driving is bad, but very few of them make any effort to avoid it. Studies have shown that around 90% of people have experienced loss of a loved one due to distracted driving, but more than half of them never changed their distracted driving habits after the accident. This results in thousands of fatalities every year. Nearly 6000 fatalities occurred in 2008 caused by distracted driving. The most common forms of distracted driving include changing the radio station, driving without two hands on the wheel, talking or texting on a cell phone, and eating while driving.
At 7:05pm on Wednesday night, December 8th, an auto accident happened in Woodinville, WA that was suspected to be caused by distracted driving. A 17-year-old girl from Snohomish was driving a 1997 Toyota Avalon southbound on Highway 9 when her vehicle struck the curb and turned into the northbound lane. Her Toyota smashed into a 2003 Suzuki Aerio being driven by 37-year-old Chi Ho of Bothell. After the impact, the Toyota smashed into a light pole which fell on top of the Suzuki. The 17-year-old girl was transported to Harborview Medical Center to be treated for injuries sustained in the accident while the driver of the Suzuki and 18-year-old passenger Katherine Brown of Snohomish were taken to Evergreen Hospital.
While most drivers refrain from drunk driving because of the dangers most drivers continue to drive with distractions such as cell phones without even considering the consequences. In reality, taking your eyes of the road for just a few seconds can easily prove fatal in a head on collision. For tips on how to be a safer driver and avoid not only causing accidents, but becoming the victim of an auto accident read the article Accident Prevention Tips.