Take these steps to minimize the chances and seriousness of injury in the event of a car crash.
Every year, car accidents leave many people seriously injured and many others dead. Unfortunately, most car accidents are avoidable and are a result of human error or negligence. No matter how safe you drive or how experienced a driver you are, there are always other negligent, drunk, or distracted drivers on the road who can put your life at risk. We cannot control the actions and behavior of other drivers on the road. While we cannot completely avoid the risk of getting into an accident, we can certainly take steps to minimize the chances and seriousness of injury in the event of a crash.
Position of Driver’s Seat
There are several factors that increase your risk of suffering an injury in the event of a car crash. One such factor tht you might not consider when you hop into the front seat of your car is the position of your seat and the steering wheel. The position of your seat with respect to the steering wheel can have an impact on the seriousness of injury that you suffer in case of an accident. Most of us tend to adjust the position of our seat depending on our comfort, but you should also think about safety when you adjust the position.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the position of your seat and the angle of the steering wheel can have an impact on the amount of damage or injury from a car accident.
Position of Steering Wheel
The NHTSA recommends a distance of 10 inches or more between the driver and the steering wheel. This is important because when an airbag deploys, it can generate a force of nearly 2,000 pounds at a speed of over 200 miles an hour. Sitting close to the steering wheel means that the impact of the airbag itself can cause serious injury and even death.
- Adjust the steering wheel to an angle that does not face the chest or head.
- Recline the top side of the driver seat to an angle to keep the top portion of your body away from the airbag and steering wheel.
- Adjust the base of the seat to slide the driver’s seat back.
- If needed, you can have pedal adjusters installed in your car. This will help maintain adequate distance from the air bag and steering wheel while enabling you to reach the control pedals comfortably.
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These simple steps can prevent serious injuries from a car crash. If you have been injured in a crash caused by another person’s fault, you can pursue a claim for compensation with the help of a Chicago personal injury lawyer. Call Willens Law Offices at (312) 957-4166.