Texting While Driving: It’s Not Worth It

Distracted driving is a serious problem in Washington.

Think about the last time you were driving. Were you headed to work? Home? The grocery store? Was it light outside or after dusk? Were there passengers in your car or truck?

Now that you’ve brought up the scene in your mind, here’s the big question: Did you text?

Consider the question honestly. Did you pick up your phone to send a quick message, be it to answer a friend’s question or to alert a coworker of your tardiness due to traffic? At McMenamin & McMenamin, PS, we’re not trying to make you feel bad if you were texting; we simply want you to understand the dangers before the next time you get in your car.

As Port Angeles, Washington car accident injury attorneys, we’ve seen the devastating results of distracted driving—often in the form of texting or cellphone use—and want to help keep you safe.

According to the Washington State Department of Licensing, if you are traveling on the freeway, your vehicle will span the distance of a football field in the time it takes to read a short text or dial a phone number you know by heart. Unfortunately, this is plenty of time for you to be involved in—or even cause—a serious car accident, resulting in life-changing injuries to you, your passengers, and possibly even those near the crash.

Don’t think that texting while driving affects your response time behind the wheel? In reality, a driver talking on a cellphone is as impaired as someone with a .08 BAC. Texting doubles that impairment (WSDOL).

Besides being extremely dangerous to you, other drivers, and pedestrians, talking or sending a text while holding a device is illegal in the state of Washington. In fact, you will be fined $124 if a police officer sees you holding your phone. The legal alternative is using a hands-free device (such as a Bluetooth device).

At McMenamin & McMenamin, PS, we do not want to see you become another distracted driving statistic. When you’re behind the wheel, commit your full attention to the road and your surroundings. The text can wait, as can the call. If you have a GPS device, set your destination before you ever leave your parking spot.

If you have questions about texting while driving laws in Washington or have been injured in a distracted driving car accident in the Olympic Peninsula, contact an experienced personal injury attorney right away.


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About Shari McMenamin

Shari McMenamin has practiced law for almost thirty years. She is admitted in the State Courts of Washington and Federal District Court. She is a member of the Clallam County Bar Association and the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association. Prior to McMenamin & McMenamin, PS she spent three years as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney. She gained valuable experience which she brings to her private practice. Shari McMenamin's Google+ Profile

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