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Take these steps to decrease the risk of a car accident

As a driver, your primary goal is to reach your destination safely and without incident. Unfortunately, even with this in mind, you only have so much control over what's happening around you.

Here are five steps you can take to decrease the risk of being part of a car accident:

  • Watch other drivers: Even if you're driving safely, it doesn't mean that other drivers will do the same. Watch for people who are not paying attention to the road and/or driving in a reckless manner.
  • Slow down: This doesn't mean you should drive dangerously slowly, but at the same time you don't want to drive in excess of the speed limit.
  • Slowly pull into traffic: It doesn't matter if you're pulling away from a stop sign or traffic signal, do so with extreme caution.
  • Be careful at intersections: As you approach an intersection, watch for drivers who may not be prepared to stop. Just because you have a green light, for example, doesn't mean all cross traffic will stop.
  • Don't tailgate: When you drive too closely to another vehicle, you have less time to stop. This increases the risk of a rear-end collision.

If another driver makes a mistake that causes an accident, move to safety and call for help. Don't feel pressured into getting out of your vehicle or discussing the accident with the other driver. It's best to focus on your health and well-being, while letting the responding officer handle all the other details.

As soon as possible, protect your legal rights by contacting your insurance company and learning more about the accident.

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