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These tips help you avoid crashes with dangerous drivers

The last sounds you heard were screeching tires and the crunching of metal, and now you have found yourself with a crumpled vehicle with all your airbags deployed. You suffered some injuries, and you were taken for medical care. Now, you need to focus on filing your claim so that you can get the compensation you deserve from the reckless driver.

It's sad, but true, that most accidents are avoidable. Here are a few tips for staying safe when you're headed back out on the road.

First, always slow down at intersections. When you see a green light you probably want to continue straight through, but there's the possibility that someone coming from the other direction hasn't seen the red light that has just changed. If that driver fails to stop, then you'll be hit directly. By slowing down and looking both ways, you can be sure that there are no vehicles traveling too quickly to stop.

Another thing you can do is to scan ahead of the vehicle in front of you. Yes, it is important to keep your eyes on the vehicle ahead of you, but watching the vehicle in front of that one is wise, too. It gives you more time to slow and stop if you know that traffic up ahead is doing so. Make sure to position yourself back far enough that you can come to an easy stop even if the driver ahead of you slams on his or her brakes.

You have rights as an accident victim, but the best outcome is never to get into an accident to begin with. Be cautious, and if you do suffer injuries, you can pursue a claim.

Source: EHS Today, "Ten Ways to Avoid Car Accidents," accessed March 09, 2017

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