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Tips for preventing car crashes in West Virginia

Some 40,000 people died in car crashes in 2018. While this represented a 1% decrease from the previous year, the number is still high. Car crashes also led to 4.5 million cases of injury last year. With one person being injured in an auto accident every seven seconds, it's more important than ever to practice safe driving. Below are five simple tips to consider.

First, drivers should ensure that their vehicle, especially the engine and brakes, are well-maintained. It's also wise to check for any airbag issues or loose electrical connections. An auto repair shop could easily handle these steps. Second, drivers should be careful not to drink and drive. Before heading to a party, they could perhaps designate a sober driver.

The third tip is to keep one hand on the steering wheel at all times and use both hands for certain turns and other maneuvers. This goes hand in hand with the fourth tip, which is to avoid all phone use behind the wheel. Hands-free phones may be allowable, but they can still take one's mind off the road.

Lastly, drivers should try to be patient and courteous. This means not running red lights or cutting drivers off too close. To relieve stress, drivers could listen to calming music.

If a driver causes a car crash because they were distracted or drunk, then their auto insurance company could face a claim from the victim. In this state, plaintiffs in a personal injury case can obtain damages as long as they were less than 50% to blame for the crash. To help ensure a good settlement that covers medical expenses, vehicle repairs and other losses, a victim may want to hire a lawyer. Legal counsel could handle all negotiations.

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