Tips for Avoiding Serious Injury in a Car Accident
The statistics are staggering—more than 3 million Americans are hurt every year in motor vehicle accidents. Almost 100 people die every day in car crashes across the country. Though you can never fully prevent yourself from suffering needless injury because of the carelessness or negligence of another person, there are ways that you can reduce the risk, and can minimize the consequences after a motor vehicle accident. Here are the most common types of injuries suffered in automobile accidents.
This is far and away the most frequent type of injury sustained in a motor vehicle accident. Whiplash is caused when your head snaps back and forth after a collision. Most of the damage is typically to the muscles, tendons and ligaments in your neck, shoulders and back.
Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries are frequent, caused either by impact with other objects or as a result of the force of impact.
Lacerations and Contusions
These are fancy medical terms for cuts and bruises. In a collision, you may be struck by flying projectiles, may cut yourself on glass or metal, or may incur bruising from slamming into the dashboard or other parts of the car.
Your ribs are surprisingly fragile and can easily break if you are thrown into the steering wheel, dashboard or some other part of the car. It’s also fairly common for a driver or passenger to suffer a broken foot, leg or arm due to impact.
Sometimes the most dangerous injuries are the ones you can’t see. When you collide with a steering wheel or other car part with significant force, it can open wounds inside your body. You need to take these seriously, as internal bleeding can be life-threatening.
Simple Strategies to Minimize the Consequences of a Car Crash
Here are some of the things you can do to reduce the risk of accident or injury:
- Always wear your seat belt
- Properly maintain your vehicle — Make certain you’ll be able to stop or do the other things you need to do to protect yourself from harm
- Drive defensively — keep an eye on other drivers, so that you can react more quickly in potentially dangerous situations
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