Being injured in an auto accident can be a life-altering experience. Auto collision injuries are not something one expects to get, so being prepared is a rather tall order. At the same time, there are things you can do to avoid some injuries, should you be involved in a collision. First and foremost is the proper use of the seatbelt. It can keep you from being thrown from the car, and it can keep you from sustaining other serious injuries. Seatbelts do indeed save lives.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Among the top auto collision injuries are those of soft tissues. These happen when there is an injury to the connective tissues. When muscles, tendons or ligaments are suddenly stretched due to impact, they become injured. Whiplash is the most common of these injuries. There can also be soft tissue injuries to the mid and low back areas when muscles become sprained.
One way to avoid or minimize whiplash is to make sure your headrest is properly positioned. Sometimes headrests may be removed from passenger seats to accommodate cargo. It’s important to replace them when passengers are in the car.
Impact Auto Collision Injuries
Impact injuries happen when part of the body hits part of the vehicle. Depending on the forces generated by the speed at the time of the collision, you may or may not be able to prevent impact injuries. Wearing your seatbelt properly will certainly aid in avoiding some serious auto collision injuries.
Adjusting your seat to the proper position may help in low-speed collisions. At high speeds, safety is dependent upon the sturdiness of the vehicle.
When Cargo Becomes Projectiles
Projectiles in the car can cause scrapes and cuts, along with broken glass. You may not be able to avoid breaking glass in an accident, but auto collision injuries caused by items in the car becoming projectiles are avoidable. Secure items that may become hazardous in an accident. Some vehicles have nets that can be put in place to ensure items from the back of the vehicle don’t fly to the front in the event of a collision.
As much as possible, when you have cargo that could be problematic in a collision, such as boards or pipes, make sure it is adequately secured. Place it in the vehicle in such a way it is not likely to strike the head of any passengers or the driver. If possible, secure it to the top of the vehicle, so it won’t be an issue.
Avoiding auto collision injuries is best done by driving defensively, driving sober and driving alert. Being aware of what’s happening around you while you’re on the road is one of the best ways to avoid being in an accident.
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