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Suggestions for staying safe on wet roads

When you leave to drive somewhere, you can protect your safety and that of your passengers by planning your route ahead of time, putting any distractions away and putting your full attention on driving safely and following the rules of the road. However, there are times when other influences can make it difficult to maintain control of your vehicle and you have to rely on your instincts to help you make wise decisions. At Greaney Scudder Law Firm, we have helped many people in Washington who have been the victim of a car accident. 

Should you go through a yellow light?

Everyone has come upon a yellow traffic light and had to make the decision of whether to stop or go through. This is one of the most fundamental skills when it comes to driving. It is one of those instant decisions that you make on the fly while driving. It also could be a potential for an accident or a traffic ticket. According to The Bellingham Herald, Washington state law is lenient when it comes to a yellow light.

When must I legally have my headlights on?

You have many types of safety features on your vehicle. There are new ones being introduced all the time. They are designed to keep you safer on the roadways. One of the oldest and most practical safety features is something you may not give much thought to. This is your headlights. Your headlights can really help when used at the right times. Washington law actually stipulates some times when you must or should use them.

What are the requirements to get a license at 16?

Getting your driver's license is a huge step in life. The privilege to drive is something not to be taken lightly. The state of Washington has set a path you must follow to get your first license. It involves a few steps that will help ensure you are prepared for the responsibility of driving. The State Department of Licensing lays out exactly what you have to do to get your driver's license if you are under the age of 16.

How can technology help teens drive better?

A first driver's license is a huge deal for any teen. It is also a huge stressor for any parent. USA Today reports that teen drivers have three times of a likelihood of getting into a deadly accident than other drivers. That is a scary fact for any parent. If you are concerned, then you can rest assured that technology is here to save the day.

What should you do if you are in a car accident?

You are only fifteen miles into your morning commute when you are involved in a car accident in Washington. In the spur of the moment, you freeze. Suffering from shock, you begin to panic and have no idea what to do. While this situation may seem unlikely, you never know when something may happen and you find yourself in a dangerous predicament. Understanding what to do if you are involved in a car accident is critical to help you remain calm if something dangerous ever happens to you. 

Driving more dangerous when motorists lack focus

Driving is a task that requires Kent area motorists to pay attention to the roads and vehicles around them. When they become unfocused and use distractions, the risk of collisions significantly increases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, distracted drivers injure more than 1,000 and kill nine people every day on roadways across the country. Every day, people get in their vehicles and use their cellphones to text and drive. Texting is not the only source of distraction for drivers. Grooming, eating, passengers, GPS navigational devices and pets are also popular forms of distractions for drivers. 

Many motorists dismiss the dangers of texting while driving

What is one of the most common irresponsible driving behaviors in Washington that leads to car accidents? If texting and driving is not your first answer, you might not realize how distracting and dangerous the behavior is. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, distractions cause more than 1,000 motor vehicle collisions and nine fatalities each year. Distractions come in many forms. Eating, grooming, text messaging and pets are among the most common culprits. 

How to deal with aggressive drivers

Aggressive driving is a growing threat to every motorist in the Kent area. According to The Washington Post, in 2015, 80 percent of American motorists drove aggressively. They honk, cut people off, yell obscenities and make rude and offensive gestures. Some aggressive motorists become so angry that they end up road raging and putting other drivers at risk of crashing. 

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