Distracted Driving Accidents

Seattle Distracted Driving Accident Attorney

Representing Victims of Distracted Drivers in Washington State

It seems like every day there is another story in the news about a car accident that was caused by a driver who was texting or talking on the phone. These accidents are entirely avoidable, and they are happening more and more frequently as mobile devices become more prevalent in our lives.

If you or someone you love was injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, it is important to hold that driver accountable for the harm they have caused. At Carpenter & Zuckerman, our Seattle distracted driving accident lawyers are committed to helping injured people obtain the full and fair compensation they are owed throughout Washington State. With more than 100 years of combined experience, we have a proven track record of success.

For a free consultation with our team, contact us today at (425) 585-4009.

Why Choose Carpenter & Zuckerman?

At Carpenter & Zuckerman, we understand how to build a strong case that is designed to get you maximum compensation. Our Seattle distracted driving accident attorneys know how to uncover evidence of distracted driving, and we will not back down from a fight with the insurance company.

When you choose us to handle your case, we will:

  • Conduct a thorough investigation into the causes of the car accident
  • Consult with accident reconstruction experts and other specialists
  • Identify all potentially liable parties
  • Calculate the full value of your damages, including your medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and more
  • Negotiate with the insurance company to seek a fair settlement
  • Prepare your case for trial if a fair settlement is not possible

Call (425) 585-4009 or contact us online today to get started with a free consultation.

$131 Million Dram Shop Liability
Our client was the victim of a car accident where the driver was over-served at a restaurant/bar.
  • $131 Million Dram Shop Liability
  • $2.1 Million Hit-and-Run Accident
  • $10.5 Million Distracted Driving Accident

What is Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving is any activity that diverts a driver's attention from the road. It is a leading cause of car accidents in the United States, and it is entirely preventable.

There are three main types of distractions:

  • Visual: Taking your eyes off the road
  • Manual: Taking your hands off the wheel
  • Cognitive: Taking your mind off driving

Texting while driving is especially dangerous because it involves all three types of distractions. When you send or read a text, you:

  • Take your eyes off the road for at least five seconds (enough time to drive the length of a football field if you are going 55 mph)
  • Take your hands off the wheel
  • Take your mind off driving

Even if you are not texting, any activity that takes your attention away from driving can put you—and others on the road—at risk, including:

  • Talking on the phone
  • Using a hands-free device
  • Eating or drinking
  • Talking to people in your vehicle
  • Using the car's controls
  • Using the car's entertainment or navigation system
  • Daydreaming
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
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Texting & Driving Laws in Washington State

Washington State prohibits drivers from holding a personal electronic device while driving, whether the vehicle is in motion or temporarily stopped in traffic. This includes cell phones, tablets, laptops, gaming devices, and other handheld electronic devices.

The distracted driving law in Washington State is a primary enforcement law, meaning law enforcement officers can stop and cite drivers solely for using a handheld electronic device while driving, even if no other traffic violation has occurred.

Violating Washington's distracted driving law can result in fines and other penalties. As of 2024, a fiirst offense carries a fine of at least $136, while subsequent offenses are punishable by a fine of at least $234.

If a driver's violation of these laws contributes to an accident, it can be used to establish their liability for the collision. This can be particularly significant in civil lawsuits and insurance claims.


  • Should I speak with the other party's insurer?
    No, we will take care of that. They will likely offer you a lower settlement than you deserve. Further, you run the risk of saying something that an insurer can use against you, leading to a diminished claim.
  • Can I seek property damages in my car accident case?
  • Can a third party be responsible for my injuries in a car accident?
    Yes, if they are responsible for causing the accident. For example, if a defective part leads to an accident, you may be able to seek compensation from the part's manufacturer.

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