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5 steps for preventing car crashes

Minnesota drivers should be aware that there were about 40,000 car crash fatalities and 4.5 million car crash injuries in the U.S. in 2018. Every seven seconds, someone in this country is injured in an auto accident. To avoid becoming a statistic, and to keep others from becoming one as well, drivers may want to consider the following tips.

The first is very basic: to keep at least one hand on the steering wheel at all times and to know when both hands are necessary (for example, for sharp turns). This is tied to the second tip, which is to avoid all phone use unless one is talking on a hands-free device. All it takes is for a driver to look down a few seconds for an accident to happen. Phone use can lead drivers to unconsciously take their hands off the wheel.

Third, drivers are advised to make preparations anytime they intend to drink outside the home. For example, they could designate a sober driver. Every year in the U.S., drunk driving crashes claim the lives of around 10,000 people. Before they go out anywhere, drivers should also ensure that their vehicle is maintained. Fifth, they must remain patient and never be aggressive. The last thing they want is to fall victim to road rage.

If drivers take no steps to ensure their own or others' safety, they will be held responsible for any car crashes they cause. People who have been injured in such an accident might want to have the help of an experienced lawyer when they are seeking compensation for their medical bills and other losses.

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