When an accident happens, whether it is a road traffic accident or especially an accident on an aeroplane or other moving vehicle that is commercially owned and driven or piloted by someone else, passengers are often advised to brace when a crash is imminent. But, can this and does this lessen the effect of the injury?
What is a brace or bracing?
A brace is simply putting yourself into a position which is designed to protect your body and organs from as much of the impact as possible. In an aeroplane or road traffic accident, this is usually in the form of holding on to the seat in front of you and leaning over, covering your head with your arms and keeping your head as close as possible to the seate in front of you. This, in theory, stops your head from violent impact and from being seriously injured from the plane or car crash.
Can this actually lessen the effect of injury, thus leading to fewer accident claims?
The answer is that sometimes it can. If the crash landing is standard and the vehicle ends up crashing nose first or straight down, this position can greatly lessen the impact and injuries caused from a plane or car crash. This is because your head is already on the object in front of you so the seat is taking most of the impact, whereas if you were sitting normally it could cause your head to hit the seat in front at a great rate. However, this is not always the case. If the vehicle, whether an airplane, car, or other machine, is thrown to the side, careers off or rolls, then the brace position may not lessen the injury. The reason for this is that your body will not naturally be thrown into the seat in front and may instead be pulled to the side or backwards. In this instance, the brace position would not necessarily be effective in reducing road traffic injuries or other accidents.
But, if you or someone else has been involved in a road traffic accident in the last three years that wasn’t your fault, no matter what the extent of the injuries, you may be able to make an accident claim. Contact Accident Advice Helpline to see if could be eligible and to find out how to claim.