Safety-minded drivers can consider the following safety tips provided by Nationwide to help reduce the risk of car accidents. The first tip is to stay attentive to the road, avoiding all multitasking and cellphone use. Drivers might consider keeping important items like garage passes and cash for toll fees within reach, and if something falls to the floor while they are driving, they should not pick it up.
Drivers are encouraged to be on the defensive and always be prepared for unsafe maneuvers from other drivers. They should maintain a two-second gap from the car in front, or four seconds in bad weather, and always check blind spots before changing lanes. In addition, they must avoid anything that will impair their judgment and reaction times, such as alcohol. Even “buzzed driving” is impaired driving.
Before heading out, it can be a good idea to have a safe driving plan. Drivers should adjust their seat, mirrors and climate control and make allowance for any stops they have to make, such as food and rest breaks or breaks for calls. They should wear their seat belts at all times and secure any cargo that’s liable to move around with the vehicle. In winter, drivers should watch out for icy patches in shaded areas, such as under bridges and overpasses, and regularly check the weather.
Most car accidents are due to negligence on both sides. Those who believe they were less than 50 percent responsible for a two-car crash may be eligible for compensation under personal injury law, but they might want a lawyer to assist them with the claim. Personal injury lawyers might have networks of professionals to review the details of the accident and gather proof against the defendant, such as phone records and eyewitness testimony. The lawyer may then be able to negotiate for a settlement.
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