Reduce Your Risk of Injuries When Car Accidents Occur
Despite how safe or experienced a driver you are, car accidents and injuries can still occur and the reckless driving behaviors of others are often to blame. While you cannot control the actions of other motorists on the road, there are some simple steps you can take in the event a crash does happen to reduce your risk for serious injuries.
Preventing Car Accident Injuries
Driving is a complex task that requires your undivided attention. While we may be used to getting into our cars and driving to work or school in the morning, it is important to make safety your primary concern. According to the Florida Integrated Report Exchange System (FIRES), more than 5,000 car accidents occurred in St. Lucie County over the course of 2018, leaving more than 3,000 people with potentially serious injuries. To reduce your risks in the event a crash or collision does occur, follow these simple safety tips:
- Reduce your speed: Speeding is a leading cause of car accidents in general, and the faster you are going, the more likely you are to suffer serious harm. Even going just a few miles over the speed limit can transform an otherwise minor fender bender into a more serious collision.
- Wear your seatbelt at all times: Not only is it the law in Florida to wear a seat belt any time you are in a vehicle, it reduces the likelihood of potentially fatal injuries. Without one on, your odds of being thrown against the windshield, the dashboard, or even from the vehicle increase dramatically.
- Adjust your headrest: If you think the main purpose of your headrest is to increase your comfort, think again. It is actually an important safety device designed to restrain your head in the event of a collision or other impact and prevent injuries such as whiplash. Ideally, the top of the headrest should be in line with the top of your head to minimize neck distortion. There should also be as little room as possible between the back of your head and your head rest, ideally less than four inches.
- Adjust your car seat: In addition to adjusting your headrest, adjust your seating in the vehicle as well. You want to be close enough to have your feet reach the brakes easily, without being so close that your knees are bent at a sharp angle or too close to the underside of the dashboard.
While these are steps to take before an accident occurs, what you do after can also reduce the risk of serious harm. Get medical attention immediately, even if your symptoms seem minor. Many potentially serious and even life threatening conditions have symptoms which can take hours or even days to appear.
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To protect yourself and your rights to compensation in the aftermath of a crash, reach out to the Law Firm of William E. Raikes, III right away. Call or contact our Fort Pierce car accident attorney to request a consultation today.