Most of us know the steps we need to take after a car accident when it comes to dealing with insurance, property damage, and rental services. However, although the financial and material aspects that follow a motor vehicle collision are something to be prepared for, keeping yourself safe from physical harm during the crash itself is even more important.
Below are safety tips you should be aware of to keep yourself safe in the event of a car crash.
Use the Safety Features in Your Vehicle
The safety features in your vehicle are there to protect you in the event of a crash – so use them! In order for these safety features that are installed in your car to work during an accident, you need to properly use them. Some features include:
- Traction control
- Anti-lock brakes
- Electronic skid protection
- Stability control
The features must be checked regularly to ensure they are in working condition. For example, if your anti-lock brakes are malfunctioning and you fail to get them fixed, they will not help protect you during a crash. Similarly, if you do not fasten your seatbelt, it will not prevent you from crashing into the windshield or getting ejected from the vehicle.
Secure Objects Inside Your Vehicle
Loose objects inside your vehicle can be thrown about in a crash and can injure you. When your car experiences abrupt changes in force that come with the collision with another object, the items in our car can remain in motion and become projectiles. It is best to either secure loose items or place them in your trunk.
Brace Yourself for Impact During a Crash
If you foresee an inevitable collision while behind the wheel, it is important to know how to prepare for the impact. Although your first instinct may be to stomp the brakes or cut a sharp turn, instead it is best to smoothly brake and attempt to steer clear.
You should also try to stay calm and avoid tensing up. Tightening your muscles can result in more injury. If possible, avoid crashing into stationary objects, such as buildings or poles. Doing so can cause your car to absorb most of the impact and cause more damage and injury.
Drive Safely on the Road
The best way to stay safe is to avoid accidents on the road altogether. You should avoid distractions such as eating, using your cellphone or dealing with passengers. Be mindful of traffic laws, signs, and speed limits.
If you, or a loved one, have been injured in an accident caused by someone else, you may be entitled to compensation. To ensure you get the full money damages you deserve, you need to consult with and hire an Orange County accident attorney.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with an accident lawyer, please call the Law Offices of Samer Habbas at 949-727-9300.
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