A car crash can be a scary and devastating experience, which can be worse if serious injuries or even fatalities occur. While you cannot always prevent serious injuries or deaths in a car accident, there are certain steps you can take to decrease your chances of being seriously injured or dying during a car crash.
- Wear your seat belt. You are less likely to suffer a serious injury if you are wearing your seat belt, and you are far less likely to be thrown from the vehicle. If you are thrown from your vehicle, you are highly likely to be seriously injured or die.
- Maintain a safe speed. While this often means obeying the speed limit, bad weather as well as other conditions may require you to drive even slower to maintain a safe speed.
- Even when a crash is inevitable, avoid a head-on crash if at all possible. You are more likely to come out of the crash with less injuries if you sideswipe another vehicle or if you go off the road to avoid a head-on collision.
- Make sure your vehicle is always in good driving condition. This includes things such as making sure your brakes work well, that the tires are properly inflated, and that your headlights are working correctly.
- Unless a fire or other life-threatening emergency arises, do not move someone who may have a head, neck, or back injury.
- If you have a serious medical condition or allergy, make sure you always wear a medical ID bracelet or necklace. While it will not prevent you from being injured during the actual car accident, your medical ID will help emergency personnel properly treat you if you are unconscious when they arrive on the scene.