In the state of Washington, all drivers are prohibited from using hand-held electronic devices while driving. This law includes both texting and talking, providing the talking requires holding the phone to your ear. These regulations have played a key role in reducing the number of cellphone related car accidents in Washington in recent years.
The current fine for cellphone use while driving is just over $100, but increases if an accident occurs. New legislation has been introduced that would not only increase the fine for distracted driving, but would expand its definition as well.
No Cellphone Use in Vehicles
SB-6227, currently on the calendar for a second reading, would prohibit the use of cellphones even when at red lights or stop signs. It would also seek to double the fine for repeat distracted driving offenders. The law would not, however, prohibit the use of hands-free devices while driving.
There is significant evidence that any cellphone use while driving can increase the risk of accidents and, regardless of whether or not a cellphone user is breaking a law when he or she causes an accident, they can be held liable for any injuries that occur.
The Seattle car accident attorneys at the Hornbuckle Firm would be happy to review your case free of charge to help you better understand your rights and the most effective way to get the full compensation you deserve.
To schedule a free consultation with one of our Seattle car accident attorneys, please contact the Hornbuckle Firm today.
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