Despite all safety precautions, car accidents can occur, and cause serious injuries such as pelvic injuries.
Car accidents can cause injuries ranging from minor bruises to catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injuries. The type of injury is often determined by the severity and location of the damage. One of the common injuries that can occur in a car accident is a pelvic fracture, which can result from the victim’s position and location at the time of impact. In this post, our Chicago car accident lawyer will discuss what can cause a pelvic fracture in a car accident.
In a car, the driver and passenger seats are positioned directly above the cross section of the vehicle’s frame, which means, the pelvis is placed directly above the position where most of the destructive force is often released in an accident. However, there are some other factors as well that can contribute to the crash risk. These include:
Most car seats (other than in SUVs) are placed at the same height as the car’s bumper. This means, in event of a collision, the bumper is at the exact same level as the seat and the pelvis. If the collision causes the vehicle to be pushed into another structure or object, the pelvis will likely bear the impact of the bumper as well.
Most pelvic injuries are caused by the debris being forced towards the pelvis during a collision. Airbags can deploy with force that is strong enough to cause a bone to snap.
If a severe head on collision occurs, it is possible for the engine, dashboard, and the front of the car to be pushed into the cab and crush the driver or passenger’s legs and pelvis. Also, the impact of the collision can force whatever is in front of you closer to you at a high speed. The steering wheel can impact you, and the pieces of dashboard could fly towards you. If you are a passenger who places their legs on the dashboard this can drastically increase the risk not only of pelvic trauma, but also leg, spinal and facial fractures.
Seat belts are essential to keeping you safe in your vehicle, however, the very nature of the restraint can put a lot of pressure on your pelvis and cause it to snap. However, due to the fact that the abdomen and rib-cage are not strong enough to bear the force of an impact, the seat belt should always be positioned over the pelvis with the shoulder strap placed correctly across the chest and collarbone.
Have you suffered pelvic injury in a car accident?
Despite all safety precautions, car accidents can occur, and cause serious injuries such as pelvic injuries. If you have sustained injuries in a car accident, get in touch with a competent and experienced Chicago car accident lawyer to understand more about your rights. To schedule a free and private consultation with an experienced Chicago personal injury attorney call (312) 957-4166.