Like every other state, South Carolina sees its fair share of auto accidents. Local drivers will want to guard themselves against any negligent behavior so that they can avoid causing or being involved in a crash. Before even getting on the road, for example, one will want to make sure that their vehicle is properly maintained. Good maintenance improves steering, handling, braking times and acceleration. Tires and brakes, in particular, should be in good condition.
Drivers should avoid driving at night and in bad weather if possible. The night reduces visibility, and strong winds, rains and snow will make it easier to lose control of the vehicle. It’s also a good idea to never drive after consuming alcohol, even after a couple of drinks. Sleep-deprived drivers are encouraged to pull over for a nap. The next thing is to avoid distractions in the car. Cell phones, audio systems, food, makeup and even other passengers can become a source of distraction.
Obeying traffic laws will reduce accident risk as well. Drivers should use their turn signals and obey all traffic signs. Other motorists can become distracted and drift into one’s lane, so being a defensive driver is also important. This means being aware of blind spots and looking beyond the car in front.
When car accidents are caused by another’s negligence, victims can consider taking legal action. If successful, they could be reimbursed for their vehicle repairs, medical treatments and pain and suffering, among other damages. A lawyer could evaluate a personal injury claim and develop a suitable strategy.