A car accident can result in significant injuries such as broken bones, internal bleeding or a concussion. You may also be likely to experience bruises, cuts or similar types of injuries in the aftermath of a car crash that takes place on a California road or highway.
Always wear your seat belt
A portion of drivers and passengers mistakenly believe that wearing a seat belt will increase their risk of harm in a crash. However, the fact that it will hold you down reduces your risk of whiplash or other types of head, neck or back injuries. It may also reduce your risk of internal damage because you will be less likely to strike other surfaces within the vehicle. Finally, wearing one can prevent you from being ejected from the vehicle, which may prevent a number of potentially fatal maladies.
Keep your feet off the dash
Using correct posture while sitting in a car can reduce your risk of being impaled. If you put your feet on the dash, there is a chance that your knees could be pushed right into your chest in the seconds following a collision. Improper posture may also increase the risk of muscle pulls, strains or tears in the aftermath of a motor vehicle accident.
Seek medical attention
There is a good chance that your body will mask the pain associated with a concussion or broken bone. Therefore, it’s generally in your best interest to seek medical attention after a crash. Seeking medical attention may also make it easier to establish a connection between your injuries and the potentially negligent actions of another driver.
If you are injured in a crash caused by the negligence of another party, you may be entitled to compensation for any medical bills incurred before or after a settlement is reached. You may also receive a financial award aimed at allowing you to recoup lost wages or future earnings as a result of the defendant’s actions.