Five ways for Arizona drivers to prevent a crash

In 2018, there were an estimated 40,000 car crash fatalities in the U.S. In addition, 4.5 million people were injured that year in car crashes. This comes to an average of someone being injured every seven seconds. Drivers, regardless of where they live, will find the next five tips helpful in preventing them from becoming a crash statistic.

The first tip is to ensure good vehicle maintenance. Bad brakes will raise the risk for an accident because drivers will be unable to avoid dangers ahead of them in time, and a dysfunctional airbag will make a crash all the more severe. Drivers could leave the maintenance to a professional.

Next, drivers should avoid all distractions, including phone use. Even hands-free phones, though they are not illegal for drivers to use in Arizona, should be avoided because they pose a cognitive distraction. Third, drivers should always keep at least one hand on the steering wheel.

The last two tips are meant to prevent drunk driving and aggressive driving. Before going to a party, drivers could designate a sober driver to take them home. When stuck in traffic jams or cut off by other drivers, one should try to remain patient and calm. Stress can, after all, lead to impulsive action, which raises the risk for accidents.

Drunk, drowsy, distracted and aggressive drivers who cause motor vehicle accidents will be held liable. Or rather, their auto insurance company might face a personal injury claim from the victims. In this state, anyone in a crash can file a claim even if he or she was 99% to blame; only those who intentionally cause a crash are barred from recovering damages. Whatever the situation, victims may want a lawyer to negotiate on their behalf for a fair settlement.

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