Those who are injured in a car crash could suffer serious brain injuries, facial injuries or injuries to their lower extremities. The good news is that there are steps people can take to lower the odds of a serious injury. For instance, a passenger who covers his or her face could avoid facial scrapes or bruises that may be caused by flying glass.
Wearing a proper safety harness while in the vehicle could lower the risk of neck and back injuries. Whiplash is a common injury that can be avoided with proper restraint, while back injuries such as a slipped disc, sprain or fracture could also be reduced with proper restraint. Using a safety belt while in a vehicle may also reduce the risk of suffering a concussion or serious head injury that may occur when an occupant is thrown around or out of a car.
The use of airbags may also reduce the instance of brain injury in car accidents. While some may think airbags contribute to injuries, the risk of an injury from an airbag is less than the long-term impact of a brain injury. While sitting in a car, keeping feet, legs and knees at proper angles may reduce the severity of a potential injury to those parts of the body.
Those who are injured in an auto accident may suffer from a lower quality of life for months or years to come. Therefore, it may be worthwhile to pursue a personal injury case against the party responsible for causing the crash that caused an individual's injuries. An attorney may be able to win compensation to pay for medical expenses, lost wages and possible punitive damages. An attorney may also be able to ensure that action is taken before any statutes of limitations expire.
Source: CarsDirect, "Most Common Preventable Injuries that Happen in a Car Crash", December 14, 2014