Accidents can happen on Kentucky roads at any time without any warning. Fortunately, there are things that a person can do to lower his or chances of getting into a car wreck. Individuals who are drowsy or who have alcohol in their system should not drive as it can slow their reaction time. It is also a good idea to avoid distractions such as eating, putting on makeup or using a cellphone while a car is in motion.

Before driving, it is a good idea to check the vehicle for any signs of damage. If a vehicle is not properly maintained, it can have an impact on how well it steers, accelerates and brakes. While a person may be able to take steps to avoid causing an accident, that individual cannot control the actions of others. By engaging in defensive driving tactics, it may be easier to account for what others do on the road.

Examples of defensive driving include looking out for distracted drivers or those who are having trouble staying in their lane. Defensive driving may also mean looking as far down the road as possible to spot vehicles that are about to brake or take other sudden action. Looking before changing lanes can also make it less likely that a person cases an accident.

Individuals who are hurt in an auto accident may be entitled to compensation for their medical expenses and other losses. This is generally true if driver negligence caused the crash to occur. A driver may be negligent if he or she was distracted, impaired or travelling too fast for road or weather conditions. Injured victims may benefit from contacting an attorney who can first try to reach a settlement with the at-fault motorist’s insurer.