Distracted driving is a common cause of car accidents, and some studies have even indicated that talking on a cell phone while driving may be more dangerous than driving drunk. Washington has a ban against using hand-held mobile phones while driving, but as a Seattle car accident attorney, I still see far too many cases of people being injured by distracted drivers talking on phones.

Last Sunday night, a 54-year-old Tacomawoman named Mary Healey was injured by a distracted driver while pumping gas at a 76 station in Lakeview. The driver who hit her was reportedly having an argument with his mother on a cell phone when he swerved to avoid a stopped car, drove over a sidewalk, and crashed into the victim’s SUV.

The SUV pinned Healey’s ankle against a gas pump. She is currently in the intensive care unit of Harborview Medical Center while doctors attempt to save her foot. An army medic happened to be at the gas station during the accident, and he helped control her bleeding until paramedics arrived.

The driver who caused the accident, 23-year-old Yoni Valencia, fled from the scene on foot and attempted to hide in an apartment complex. Police apprehended him a short time later, assisted by several witnesses, including
one who snapped a photo of Valencia on a cell phone camera.

Valencia plead guilty to felony hit and run, vehicular assault, and obstructing a police officer. He is being held on $100,000 bail. Police say that there are no signs that drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash, and that Valencia fled because he was on probation.

If you or someone you love have been injured by a distracted driver, the Seattle car accident attorneys at Premier Law Group, PLLC may be able to help. Call today for a free case evaluation.

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