Car accidents happen every day and while many are not serious some do leave those involved with serious injuries that have lingering effects. Certain factors tend to result in worse injuries than others. You can help lessen possible injuries should you get in a car accident by keeping in mind some of the biggest factors affecting the extent of injuries.
According to the Centers for Disease Control more than half of teens 13-19 and adults 20-44 who died in crashes in 2015 were unrestrained at the time of their crash. Men are statistically less likely than women to wear seatbelts, and young adults aged 18-24 were least likely to wear a seatbelt when driving. Seat belts reduce serious crash-related deaths and injuries by nearly half and it is estimated seat belts saved nearly 14,000 lives in 2015 alone.
Direction of Occupant
Just by being properly restrained and facing straight ahead, the vehicle and seatbelt will be better designed to protect the passenger in a crash than if a passenger is turned in another direction.
Also more research has shown rear-facing children in their age appropriate car seats for longer times can help protect their delicate, growing bodies should they be involved in a crash.
Speed Of Crash
Obviously, the higher the speed the more likely for a more serious crash. Following posted speed limits when driving is important to keeping your loved ones safe.
Airbags can offer another layer of protection should they be used properly. For adults, they can help cushion a passenger in a high-speed crash. In children, however, they can dangerous or even fatal. It is best to ride with children in the back seat of a vehicle and away from any airbags that could deploy.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries in any motor vehicle accident, it is important to speak with an experienced and compassionate Oregon car accident attorney who can help. Call today for your free, initial consultation.