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Five Tips to Keep You from Having a Car Accident

Five Tips to Keep You from Having a Car Accident

No one wants to think about the possibility of getting into a car accident. Unfortunately, the fact is that thousands of people each year do have a serious car crash.

A car accident can cause significant damage and can turn your world upside down. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 32,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes in the United States in 2010.

Many car accidents can be prevented by taking simple steps such as:

  1. Avoid driving distracted. Keep your focus on the road ahead and do not try to multi-task while you are behind the wheel. The world is moving fast and you may be behind schedule, but taking your eyes from the road to text, phone or program your GPS can have devastating life-long effects.
  2. Avoid tailgating. Tailgating cuts down on the space you have to make a lane switch or stop suddenly to avoid an accident. It also can anger the driver you are tailgating and lead to aggressive driving behavior.
  3. Avoid speeding and practice courteous driving. Speeding can encourage others to drive aggressively. Move out of the fast lane when a speeding car is approaching. Allow other cars to merge into your lane or make turns. Being discourteous breeds aggressive driving in others.
  4. Move away from aggressive drivers. While it may be hard to ignore someone who is driving aggressively and cutting into and out of lanes or following too closely, stay calm and focused. Move away from the aggressive driver as soon as it is safe to do so.
  5. Use your signal. By signaling your intention to turn, you are putting those near you on alert regarding your actions.

When negligence is involved, an experienced auto accident attorney can help you recover compensation for your injuries.

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