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How to be a responsible driver

An auto accident may lead to significant injuries and property damage. However, there are ways that Kentucky drivers can reduce the risk of one occurring. Eliminating distractions such as a cellphone may make it easier to focus on the road. Drivers should also refrain from eating, reading, chatting with passengers or applying makeup when operating a motor vehicle.

Remaining mindful of traffic laws can also help drivers get to their destination safely. Individuals who are operating a motor vehicle should be sure to keep their headlights on as it makes them more visible both during the day and at night. They should also maintain a safe following distance and obey traffic control signals at all times. Furthermore, individuals can decrease their chances of getting into a crash by maintaining a safe speed and not following vehicles ahead too closely.

Proper vehicle maintenance is an effective way to avoid an auto accident. Vehicle owners should be sure that the brakes and tires are in good condition before getting on the road. Those who are tired or who have been consuming alcohol should refrain from getting behind the wheel of a vehicle. Doing so can result in decreased reaction time and the potential of falling asleep behind the wheel.

An accident involving a distracted or otherwise negligent driver could result in serious injuries. Injured victims may be entitled to compensation for medical bills incurred, lost wages or lost future earnings. An attorney may assist in compiling evidence such as cellphone records or pictures from the crash scene that may bolster a victim's story in court.

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