No matter how long anyone has been driving, they have likely been in an accident. In America, car crashes are a lot more common than you’d think. According to a noted driving statistics website, 6 million car crashes occur in the United States every year. This adds up to 2 million injuries and 32,850 fatalities each year.

Even for those with clean records and safe driving habits, some accidents can come out of nowhere, whether it is the reckless actions of another driver, poorly designed or maintained roads or some other factor out of the control of the victim.

Defensive driving tips that can help avoid a crash

Here are some reminders to those looking to decrease their chances of getting in an accident:

  • Stay off devices while driving, even at a stop light.
  • Avoid anything that takes a driver’s hands off the wheel, such as eating, drinking coffee or reaching for a fallen item.
  • Avoid talking on the phone, even with a Bluetooth headset.
  • Do not get too distracted by a billboard or other roadside views.
  • Properly maintain the vehicles to ensure its safe operation.
  • Keep your eyes peeled for other distracted drivers.

Compensation for crash injuries are available

No matter the circumstance, crashes can be severe or even fatal. If you or a loved one are in an accident and are not at fault, a knowledgeable personal injury attorney can get the compensation for time away from work, property damage, medical expenses not covered by insurance and other financial burdens.