Defensive driving skills might be good for all Colorado drivers

Some Colorado residents are required to take a defensive driving course that educates drivers on correct way to negotiate certain circumstances. Often these courses are ordered if someone has been cited for a traffic violation. Considering the potential benefits, there are some who might argue that everyone should take such courses as part of their behind the wheel training.

One of the maneuvers to avoid car accidents that is offered in these classes is how not to overcorrect when a vehicle has slipped off the edge of the roadway. Overcorrecting can have devastating consequences as several people in a recent collision learned.

The accident happened late last month near Durango. Colorado State Patrol troopers believe the driver of one car involved may have veered off the right side of the road and then overcorrected, which sent the vehicle he and a passenger were in into the opposite lane. The car collided head on with a pickup truck in the oncoming lane. The impact crushed the car, and the driver had to be cut from the vehicle by emergency personnel.

Both the car's driver and the female passenger were taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center by ambulance. The pickup driver was taken to the same location by a friend. Preliminary police reports were uncertain if any of the drivers were wearing their seatbelts.

In serious car accidents, it is important for those involved to seek medical attention quickly for any injuries. Equally important is seeking the advice of an attorney.

Though initial indications from this crash are that injuries were minor, it is not always possible to know the full extent of damage in the immediate aftermath of the collision. Just because symptoms don't appear until much later does not mean a victim loses the right to seek due compensation if their suffering was due to an accident caused by another's fault.

Source: The Durango Herald, "Three people hurt in crash," Ann Butler and Steve Lewis, Oct. 30, 2012

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