Texting causes driver to crash into Idaho police car

A driver who was text messaging (also known as “texting”) while driving over 60 miles per hour crashed into the back end of a Boise patrol car on Interstate 84 in Meridian, Idaho reports Seattle’s KOMO TV News Station.

Luckily, the patrol car was empty at the time of impact but the driver suffered injuries and was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital in Meridian for treatment. The injured motorist is a 37-year-old Nampa man. He had been drinking but his blood alcohol limit (BAC) was under the legal limit.

The motor vehicle accident occurred around 10:15 pm when three Boise patrol cars were stopped alongside the road, arresting another motorist for driving under the influence.

Police credit department policies, which had the three patrol cars parked at a distance from one another and the police had the suspect DUI driver off to the side of road, for preventing further injury.

The distracted driver has not been charged at this time. Washington State Vehicle Code has several statutes which provide penalties for sending, reading or writing a text message while driving (RCW 46.61.668) or using a cell phone that is not hands-free while driving (RCW 46.61.667).

If you believe your car accident was caused by a negligent driver using their cell phone, you should contact a personal injury attorney. An experienced car accident attorney can subpoena cell phone records and establish your case that the other driver was negligent. Read What if my accident was caused by someone using a cell phone?

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