Car crashes are bad news for just about everyone involved. Unfortunately, the painful consequences of a car accident might last for many years and can have a damaging effect on your future. At Dashner Law, we understand how physical pain can take a toll. You might be able to reduce some of the physical consequences of an accident if you are prepared beforehand.
1. Tighten Up
Many people believe that staying loose during a collision will keep them safe. However, tightened muscles protect the body. Brace yourself and hold tightly to the steering wheel.
2. Avoid Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome can be an unexpected effect of car crashes. As you grip the wheel, keep your wrists flat. If you can resist bending your wrists, you’ll have a better chance of preventing carpal tunnel syndrome.
3. Lean Against the Headrest
Airbags protect the driver and passenger, and are most effective when people are sitting correctly. You and your passengers should press your head back against the headrest when facing a collision. You can avoid some injuries by sitting at least six inches away from any airbags.
4. Stay Alert
Whether you watch out your windshield or keep an eye trained on the rearview mirror, you have added protection because you know what’s coming. You will also be able to provide your attorney with important information if you suffer any injuries.
5. Hold the Brakes Down
Some drivers have been trained to pump their anti-lock brakes, or ABS. Don’t risk flipping your car over. Hold the brakes to the floor and let them do their job.
6. Maintain Your Car’s Safety Systems
Seat belts should be changed every 10 years, and more often if you have been in an accident before. Make sure that your headrest is positioned appropriately. Have your ABS system checked every time you have your pads changed.
Source: Universal Chiropractic, “How to Stay Safe in a Car Accident,” Dr. Terrance Stackwood, 2014.