A car accident can seriously injure you and take months or even years to recover from. Some injuries could cause permanent disability or require long-term medical treatment.
While you cannot prevent the unexpected actions of other drivers, you can take steps to reduce your risks of injury in an accident.
Distractions can include visual, cognitive or manual interferences that take your attention away from driving. Even if you look away from the road for a few seconds, you may be unable to control your reaction to the vehicles around you. When surprised with a sudden movement or an unforeseen road hazard, your lack of attention could cause you to crash when you may have otherwise been able to avoid a collision.
Prior to leaving anywhere, make sure you have everything you need to drive distraction-free. Program your GPS, secure your pets, address the needs of any passengers and put your phone away. Commit to focusing solely on driving each time you get behind the wheel. Staying vigilant will help you maintain optimal control of your vehicle at all times.
Protect your body
The technology and design of newer vehicles aim to protect you from injuries in a car accident. However, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car accidents still claim the lives of 110 people each day in the United States.
Some ways you can protect your body include the following:
- Always wear your seatbelt
- Adjust your seat so you can reach the controls safely and comfortably
- Do not sit too close to the airbags
- Properly secure any loose cargo in the cabin
- Always drive sober
Even though you might not be able to prevent every injury in a car accident, taking these steps may reduce the severity of your injuries.