Safe driving tips for Illinois residents

Safe driving may not make drivers completely immune from accidents, but it will certainly reduce potential risks. This is why the following tips should be considered and, when possible, implemented. The first tip for avoiding accidents is to maintain the vehicle for optimal handling and steering. For example, good tires and brakes can save one from a rear-end collision.

The next tip is to never engage in distracting activities like cell phone use, eating, reading, adjusting the radio and putting on makeup. Having a large number of passengers can also create distractions. When possible, drivers should avoid the road during rainy, windy or snowy weather. If they do, they should drive slower and consider turning on their headlights. Drinking and driving, even after one or two drinks, is not advisable. The same is true for fatigued driving.

Drivers should be on the defensive against negligent motorists who cannot maintain consistent speeds or stay in their lanes. To mitigate risks, keep a good distance from the car in front, check blind spots before changing lanes and keep both hands on the wheel. While this should go without saying, it's also important to always obey traffic laws.

Auto accidents can sometimes result in neck injuries, TBIs and other serious conditions. A crash victim can file a personal injury claim against the other party's auto insurance company. To ensure a strong case and the maximum settlement, it's generally wise to hire a lawyer. Legal counsel can even tackle negotiations and assist with litigation if the situation comes to that.

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