As the Luvera Law Firm reported on their blog this morning, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) recently released its findings for motor vehicle collisions in 2013. What was the big take-away? In Washington state, a crash occurred every five minutes and the number one contributing factor for car crashes was distracted driving.
Again: Inattention/distraction was the most frequent contributing circumstance among all collisions.
A distracted driver caused a crash every 15 minutes in our state. In comparison, a speeding driver caused one every 30 minutes. Accidents cause fatalities much too frequently: A person is injured in a crash every 12 minutes and dies every 20 hours. A pedestrian or cyclist is killed in a crash every six days. Impaired drivers kill someone in Washington every two days.
In 2013, Washington had 39,389 cell phone and texting citations filed with Washington State Courts. This is over 7,000 more citations than DUI citations.