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Does Defensive Driving Prevent Auto Accidents?

Posted by Russell West | Dec 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

For some of us, getting into an auto accident is one of our greatest fears. This fear can come from not knowing if you or your loved one will be injured or if you will lose your vehicle to an accident. This fear is reasonable because though you can control your driving, you cannot control the other drivers that you share the road with. Because of this fact, you may try to be a defensive driver, but does defensive driving prevent auto accidents? If you or a loved one have been injured in an auto accident, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced Spokane auto accident attorney so that we can help you strategize about the best possible outcomes for your case.

Defensive Driving

It is a fact that practicing safe driving techniques can reduce your chances of being in an accident as well as reduce your injuries if you are in an auto accident. These safe driving techniques include defensive driving. Defensive driving is generally considered to be driving with the utmost caution and constantly anticipating poor driving behavior from others on the road. Defensive driving uses safe driving strategies to ensure that hazards are identified ahead of time, which reduces the probability of being involved in an accident. Defensive driving may not only save your life, but it may also save you time and money.

Though you cannot control the actions of others, anticipating dangerous scenarios and being observant to your surroundings are defensive driving methods that can prevent you from being in an auto accident. Other defensive driving techniques include, but are not limited to:

  • Not following the car in front of you too closely;
  • Waiting a few seconds before accelerating at traffic lights;
  • Using your turn signal to turn or change lanes.

Again, you cannot control other drivers, however, you can control your actions, and controlling your actions and practicing defensive driving techniques can prevent you from being injured in an auto accident.

Need Legal Advice?

Being alert while driving is of the utmost importance because you reduce your chances of being involved in an auto accident. Unfortunately, some accidents cannot be avoided, and for those accidents it is in your best interest to seek legal advice and representation. If you or a loved one have been injured in an auto accident, contact an experienced auto accident attorney to help you with your case. Contact the West Law Office online or call at 509-993-0748 today.

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About the Author

Russell West

Russell West from West Law Office, located in Spokane, Washington represents clients in areas of criminal traffic, misdemeanors, and personal injury. DUI’s, Reckless Driving, Negligent driving, Hit and Run, and Driving with Suspended license are the majority of criminal traffic violations. Drug Charges, Theft, and Domestic Violence account for most of the other criminal cases Russell handles.


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