Tips for Reducing the Impact of a Car Accident
Most people who are in a car accident never know it’s coming until they only have a few precious seconds to react. Even in single-vehicle accidents where distraction or weather conditions lead to a crash, the warning is incredibly slight, if not nonexistent. An unavoidable car accident is a real possibility every time you get behind the wheel, but that doesn’t mean there is nothing you can do to make that situation better, or at least less damaging.
Take these steps and keep these safety hints in mind to help prevent or reduce the harm caused by an unavoidable accident:
- Buckle up: Wearing your seatbelt each and every time you get into a vehicle should not be seen as an optional choice. Simply securing yourself into your seat properly vastly decreases your chance of suffering severe injury in a car accident.
- Maintain your vehicle: An automobile can only be as safe as its owner allows it to be. Bring your vehicle into your mechanic for routine checkups and maintenance, which should ensure that your airbags, brakes, and other safety features work when you need them most. Also, keep your ear to the ground for any safety recalls concerning your vehicle.
- Emergency help ASAP: You should never use your smartphone while you are behind the wheel but it does pay to keep it handy, such as in your pocket or purse. In the event of an accident, the sooner emergency responders arrive, the less likely injuries will become permanent or severe. As soon as you can after an accident, call for help, even if you aren’t sure if anyone is hurt or not.
- Steady braking: Wet and icy roads cause a noticeable percentage of car accidents, especially in higher altitudes and cold seasons. If you are ever in a situation where you are losing control of your vehicle due to weather and road conditions, remember to brake steadily. Do not slam the brakes harshly, as this will likely worsen your slide or spin.
- Brace for impact: How you are sitting at the moment of impact in a car accident can be the difference between walking away and suffering broken bones or worse. If you know an impact is coming, face straight ahead and sit yourself so your head and back are squarely against the seat and headrest – this will distribute the impact over a large area of your body. Next, tighten your muscles and hold onto the steering wheel firmly – as an impact forces your muscles to relax, the force is distributed even more throughout your body. Lastly, keep your wrists flat and straight out, like you are holding onto a cup; do not bend your wrists, as this could cause them to break.
In an ideal world, you will never have to use the proper techniques to minimize harm in a car accident. In reality, it could be pertinent to the next time you drive. Remember that there are people who can help you after you are in a crash, though. Contact our Joplin and Springfield car accident lawyers from Johnson, Vorhees & Martucci for reliable legal counsel. During a free initial consultation, we can explain how you may be able to receive maximum compensation for your injuries and damages.