Around 40,000 people died in car crashes in 2018, and 4.5 million were injured. With these statistics in mind, it’s more important than ever that drivers in Missouri and across the U.S. be safe on the road. Below are five simple tips to help them to this end.
The first tip is to always keep at least one hand gripping the steering wheel. Drivers can then hold the steering wheel with both hands when the time comes to make a sharp turn or to avoid obstacles on the road. Of course, having one hand on the wheel does not mean drivers should use the other hand to call or send text messages. Even hands-free phones can put one in danger by being distracting.
The risk for a crash can go up when drivers are intoxicated; drunk driving leads to some 10,000 fatalities every year in this country. Drivers 21 and older cannot have a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. Drivers under 21 must have a BAC of less than .02.
Before heading out, drivers should ensure that their vehicles are well-maintained. Electrical and brake-related issues can pose a particular problem and make an accident likely. In addition, drivers should try to remain patient and calm as this will help them stay focused and avoid road rage incidents.
Most car accidents are due to negligence of one form or another. That’s why many crash victims can file claims to be compensated for their medical expenses, vehicle damage, lost wages and other losses. A plaintiff might want a lawyer to evaluate their case in light of Missouri’s comparative negligence law and to negotiate on their behalf for a fair settlement out of court. Third-party investigators may come in to gather proof of the defendant’s negligence.