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Factors That Increase the Likelihood of Car Accidents

Posted by Russell West | Dec 28, 2022 | 0 Comments

One person was recently killed, while another two were injured in a crash that occurred on Interstate 395. As a result, Interstate 395 was temporarily blocked. Two vehicles were involved in the crash, which happened 10 miles south of Chewelah. 

The police report that the driver of a Silverado was headed southbound on Interstate 395 close to Milepost 197 while another motorist was driving a Nissan northbound. The Chevy driver lost control while navigating a curve, crossed into the opposing lane, collided with the Nissan, and both vehicles ejected their occupants.

Car accidents are common in Washington. Read on for some factors that increase a person's likelihood of being involved in one. 

Teenage Drivers 

Teenage drivers, especially those who engage in risky behavior, are at elevated risk of ending up in motor vehicle accidents. Research also suggests that various other environmental conditions increase the possibility that a teenage driver will be harmed in a car accident. These include a lack of experience, a tendency toward reckless behavior, and drug and alcohol use. 


The combination of operating a motor vehicle while consuming alcohol is a dangerous pattern. The chances of ending up in a crash are substantially greater when alcohol is in a driver's blood. Never drive after drinking, and never ride with a driver who has been drinking. 

Rural vs. Urban Driving

More drivers end up in deadly crashes on rural roads as compared to roads in an urban or city setting. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that car accidents on rural roads represent 50% of deadly crashes.


As a growing number of states legalize the usage of marijuana, driving under the influence of marijuana has become a greater issue. Many people, however, falsely believe that it is legal to drive while under the influence of marijuana. In reality, driving in this way is often illegal. Furthermore, other types of drugs, including prescription and over-the-counter medications, raise the possibility of causing impairment alone or in combination with one another.

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving encompasses activities that take a driver's attention off of safely operating their vehicle. Three types of distractions exist, including visual distractions that divert a driver's eyes from the road, manual distractions that take a driver's hands off the wheel, and cognitive distractions that take a person's mind off what they are doing. 

Obtain the Assistance of a Compassionate Accident Attorney

Each year, many serious accidents occur in the Spokane area. If you or your loved one finds yourself in such a situation, you should not hesitate to speak with an experienced attorney. Contact West Law Office today for assistance.

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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