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How drivers in West Virginia can avoid accidents

Drivers can do many things to reduce their risk for an auto accident, but it must begin before they get on the road. Vehicle maintenance is key because it improves steering, handling and acceleration. Good tires and brakes are especially important because they reduce stopping distance.

Drivers should also watch out for unsafe conditions, such as rainy, windy or snowy weather, and avoid driving at night when possible on account of diminished visibility. If they have a drink or two, they should completely refrain from getting behind the wheel. When fatigue sets in, it's important to pull over and take a nap.

Distracted driving is a major cause of accidents, so motorists should avoid all cell phone use as well as activities like eating, putting on makeup and adjusting audio systems. Even letting one's mind wander is a form of distraction. In addition, it is crucial to obey all traffic laws. This means no speeding, no ignoring road signs and traffic signals and no riding on other drivers' bumpers.

Another tip is to be a defensive driver. A defensive driver will, for instance, avoid cars that constantly drift out of their lanes, keep both hands always on the steering wheel and check blind spots before changing lanes.

In the event of a car crash, a victim could file an injury claim. However, they may want legal counsel before making any moves. A lawyer could hire third parties like accident investigators, photographers and medical experts to build up the case.

Once the claim is ready, the lawyer can handle all negotiations with the defendant's auto insurance company. If the company refuses to pay or puts forth a low settlement offer, the victim could consider litigation.

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