Roughly 40,000 people in Georgia and throughout the country died because of traffic accidents in 2018. Another 4.5 million people were injured in traffic accidents during that same year. There are several steps that drivers can take to reduce the chances that they are involved in car accidents. For example, they should be sure to have at least one hand on the steering wheel at all times.

Individuals should refrain from using their cellphones whenever they are operating a motor vehicle. At a minimum, drivers should not use their hands to answer a phone call or respond to a text message. Those who are planning on driving should make sure that they are not impaired by drugs or alcohol. Anyone who is caught operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher could be sent to jail. It is estimated that 10,000 people per year are killed in accidents caused by drunk or impaired drivers.

One final tip to avoid getting into a car accident is to keep a vehicle properly maintained. Car owners can choose to either maintain their vehicles themselves or have a professional perform tasks such as changing engine oil or rotating the car’s tires. In most cases, it is generally preferable to have a professional examine a vehicle and take care of any issues.

Driving while talking on a cellphone or while under the influence of alcohol may be considered negligent. Negligent drivers who cause car accidents may be liable for any damages that they cause. Injured victims might be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other financial losses related to the accident. An attorney may be able to help an individual obtain compensation either in a settlement or through formal legal action.