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How North Carolina drivers can prevent car accidents

Drivers in North Carolina who are rightfully concerned about car accidents should remember several safety tips that help avoid preventable fatalities. Even though many car accidents can be prevented, road carnage is the leading cause of death for people between two and 34 years old in the United States.

First, every driver should make it his or her priority to adhere to traffic laws. Examples of negligent driving include speeding, failure to yield, running red lights and failure to make complete stops at stop signs. Another example of negligent driving is driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, which is a major factor in many fatal car accidents.

Another way to prevent accidents is to make sure a vehicle is always visible to others on the road. For example, a vehicle's headlights should always be on when it is dark outside or there is inclement weather such as rain or fog. Drivers should always check their headlights before driving to make sure they are in working condition.

Drivers should also make sure they sleep well prior to going out. A lack of alertness means a driver's reaction time will be slower, which can be dangerous when an unexpected road hazard such as a deer or pedestrian appears.

Finally, everyone in a moving vehicle should be wearing a seat belt. They should also make sure they are sitting correctly so the seat belts and airbags will provide adequate protection in the event of a car crash. For example, a driver should never lean over the steering wheel or slouch in his or her seat.

In the event of a motor vehicle accident that results in an injury, the victim should consider working with an attorney with experience in car accidents and personal injury. An attorney with the right qualifications may be able to help the victim seek compensation for damages.

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