A serious car crash on Friday May 11, 2018 near George, Washington left one passenger critically injured. Although police are still investigating the cause of this accident, they believe distracted driving may have been a primary cause.
According to KHQ-Q6, a GMC Sierra and a fertilizer truck were involved in this crash on Adams Road North. Apparently, the Sierra, which had one passenger, rear-ended the fertilizer truck. First-responders said the passenger in the Sierra had serious injuries and was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital. Thankfully, police believe this crash victim will make a full recovery.
Both drivers involved in this crash did not sustain major injuries. Local authorities don’t believe DUI was involved in this accident, but they do believe the driver of the Sierra was distracted. Allegedly, the Sierra driver took his eyes off the road just before the crash to look for a pair of sunglasses.
Distracted Driving: A 21st Century Epidemic
It’s often hard for drivers to wrap their heads around how dangerous distracted driving really is. Believe it or not, if you take your eyes off the road for five seconds while traveling 55mph, you’ll have traveled the length of a football field totally blind.
While we often think of distracted driving as related to DUI or cell phone use, the truth is that any activity we engage in besides focusing on the roads merits the designation of distracted driving. Yes, that includes “harmless” activities like searching the radio, eating, and, as in the case above, searching for your sunglasses.
One of the most common and dangerous forms of distracted driving today, however, is texting while driving. A recent report from the National Safety Council found that about 1.6 million car crashes each year are directly related to cell phone use while driving. Drivers in Washington State must keep in mind that using a hand-held cell phone while driving is illegal.
Call CCD Law For Full Compensation
If you have been injured as a passenger, you might feel awkward bringing a lawsuit against the driver. This is typically the case because passenger victims often have a close connection with the driver. While it’s understandable you don’t want to hurt your family or friends, it’s also important for you to get the compensation you deserve.They want to see you get better too, and they have insurance for a reason.
You should know that all calls to CCD Law are 100 percent confidential and complementary. Our legal team will let you know what you’re potentially owed in damages and advise you on how to get what you’re legally entitled to.
Please don’t let insurers pressure you into settling for less for what you’re owed. Give the experienced team at CCD Law a call after you’ve been involved in a distracted driving accident.