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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    A Guide to Avoiding Injuries in a Car Crash

    No one just wakes up one day and decides to be in a car crash – not unless they are suicidal, anyway. Yet road accidents and car crashes do tend to happen with an alarming frequency, and people do get injured. Occasionally, a car crash is entirely spontaneous and there is nothing one can do to avoid injuries. However, on most occasions, such accidents can be anticipated or at least prepared for beforehand to prevent serious injuries.

    The No-Brainer

    Always wear your seatbelt when you’re driving, and make sure everyone else in the car is wearing them too. Not only is it the law in most countries you’ll ever get to visit, it is also one of the easiest and surest ways of avoiding injuries in a car crash. And although there are no guarantees in life, seatbelts have been proven to be extremely effective measures against serious accident injuries.

    The Posture

    Always make sure that your seat and the headset are adjusted to help you maintain the proper driving posture. Ideally, the headrest should be no more than 1 inch away from the back of your head. It can help avoid injuries in a car crash and protect your neck by absorbing the stress caused during the accident. Research has shown that people who sit with their head further away from the headrest or do not maintain proper posture are more liable to get injured in the event of an accident.

    The Brace

    Although they cannot prevent injuries directly, rear view and side view mirrors can help protect you in a car crash. If adjusted properly, the sight lines provided by the mirrors can help you avoid road accidents. And even if you are unable to completely avoid one, they allow you to anticipate the impact and brace yourself, which can often be the key in avoiding serious injuries.

    The Attention

    Paying attention is critical while driving if you want to avoid injuries in the event of a car crash. Firstly, keeping an eye on the road and the other vehicles will help you avoid any accidents in the first place. Secondly, being surprised by the accident can be considerably more dangerous and injurious than an accident you anticipated, even if you had but a moment’s notice.

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    The Influence

    This is a crucial reminder, even if most people would generally consider it anyway out of fear for the law. One should never drive under the influence of foreign substances, such as alcohol or drugs. Not only do these substances cause accidents, they also take away one’s ability to react in time, thus leading to higher risks of injury by slowing down a person’s reflexes.

    If you are, or have been, unfortunate enough to be an unwitting participant of a car crash, where you failed to avoid injuries, then call Accident Advice helpline today for help in dealing with the consequences of the accident and claiming fair compensation for your injuries.

    Date Published: October 6, 2013

    Author: David Brown

    Category: Car accident claims

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