Car accident investigators are blaming a driver who was distracted by his cell phone for the death of one woman and the injury of two others Monday night in Kent.
The King County Sheriff’s office said the driver of a Ford sedan drifted across the center line at 148th Avenue Southeast and struck a Honda civic, killing Sherri White, 25, and injuring two of her passengers.
Police said the driver of the Ford had looked down at his phone prior to the 8pm car accident.
Cell Phones and Car Accidents
Cell phones and electronic devices are increasingly being blamed for being factors in car crashes. One safety advocate, Deborah Hersman of the National Safety Council, estimates that 25% of all car accidents are linked to electronic devices.
Washington state Vehicle Code, RCW 46.61.668 “Sending, Reading, or Writing a Text Message While driving” prohibits a driver for making a phone call while driving or from sending, reading or writing a text message.
A driver who uses a cell phone and causes an accident that results in the death of another may be found guilty of Vehicular Homicide. Vehicular Homicide can be charged if a person dies as a result of negligent operation of a vehicle and the driver was driving recklessly, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or driving without regard to the safety of others.
Experts in the field report that cell-phone use by drivers is as dangerous as drinking and driving and results in up to 1,000 people are killed every year and many other injured due to negligent driving where cell phone use is a factor.
One in 10 drivers admits to using a cell phone while driving. The Farber Law Group urges you to drive responsibly for your safety and for the safety of others on the roads.
What to do if your family member has been killed
If your family member has been killed because of the negligent use of an automobile, you may be able to make a claim for wrongful death against the defendant whose negligent caused your loved one’s death. In order to hold a defendant liable in a wrongful death claim, the plaintiffs (the relatives or estate of the person killed) must meet a burden of proof that the defendant failed to provide the victim a duty of care.
A knowledgeable wrongful death attorney can answer your questions about how to proceed with your suit. At The Farber Law Group, we have more than 30 years experience representing families with their wrongful death claims.