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Why defensive driving is important in North Carolina

For many people in North Carolina, driving is a necessity. It helps them earn a living, learn and care for family and friends. Each time you get behind the wheel of a car, you are taking a risk. Millions of accidents happen annually across the country with tens of thousands of them resulting in fatalities. Even some of the safest drivers find themselves involved in car accidents. Here are some reasons why defensive driving is so important.

Defensive driving helps you not only stay safe when behind the wheel of your vehicle, but also anticipate what other drivers around you will do. When approaching an intersection, it's safe to assume that not every driver will follow the rules of the road. For example, not every driver can be trusted to stop at a red light, yield sign or stop sign. You must anticipate that other drivers in the intersection will break the rules and cause an unsafe situation. When you anticipate, you put yourself in a defensive position to protect yourself and the occupants of your vehicle.

You must also assume that the drivers around you are paying less attention to the road in front of them than you are. If this is the case, these other drivers could ultimately cause an incident resulting in severe injury or even death. When you come to the realization that other drivers might not be paying attention to the road, you can make yourself more alert to your surroundings.

Defensive driving is also important because it teaches you how to properly operate the vehicle. This includes using turn signals each time you turn, slowing down in enough time, making eye contact with pedestrians when possible and doing anything else possible to ensure the safety of your vehicle and others around you.

Have you been injured in a hit and run? Contact our firm in Wilson, North Carolina, to discuss your case and learn how to protect your rights by seeking compensation for damages.

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