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How New Jersey drivers can avoid accidents

On Behalf of | Aug 14, 2018 | Car Accidents

Auto accidents can happen at any time, but being a safe, defensive driver can reduce the risk of crashing. The following are a few tips on how to avoid accidents. It starts with having a properly maintained vehicle that can handle tight turns as well as brake and accelerate quickly in emergency situations. Tires and brakes are perhaps the most crucial parts.

The next step is to avoid unfavorable driving conditions like heavy snow, rain and wind. Nighttime driving is to be avoided when possible because it reduces visibility. Drivers should also take care not to get behind the wheel after drinking. Drowsy driving is another issue to be avoided.

Traffic laws keep drivers safe and should be obeyed. If necessary, drivers should stay below the speed limit and avoid the fast lane. They should not forget to use their turn signals or their headlights. Riding closely behind another vehicle’s bumper is never safe.

A good driver is a defensive driver and always looks out for erratic behavior: for example, a vehicle that keeps drifting outside of its lane. Lastly, a good driver avoids distractions. Calling, texting, adjusting the radio, eating, putting on makeup and even conversing with other passengers can make one inattentive to the road.

After a car accident, it is a good idea to determine who was at fault or, more likely, to what degree both parties were at fault. Under this state’s comparative negligence law, victims of a two-car crash can be eligible for compensation if they prove that the other party was 50 percent or more to blame. Doing this and negotiating with the auto insurance company might be hard without legal representation. A lawyer may guide victims through every step of filing a claim, even if it must include litigation.