Safety features - car accident
January 01, 2021
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Can safety features hurt you if you are in a car accident? This question may pose a quandary, given your vehicle’s safety features are designed to, well, keep you safe. Safety features – seat belts, airbags, modern materials, and design – continue to make cars and trucks safer each year, as they have since the invention of the automobile. Even so, safety technology advances do, in some cases, cause injuries in a car crash, while alleviating more serious injuries. 

Today, government regulations require car manufacturers to meet stringent safety standards. So just what do you do if you are involved in a car crash and your vehicle’s safety features contribute to your injuries? After an accident, you should first seek the needed medical attention from a trusted provider like County Line Chiropractic and Medical Rehab. Secondly, you should contact a trusted accident attorney to access your case.  

When Car Safety Features Hurt

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Among the most used vehicle safety features are seatbelts. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, seatbelts save lives, tens of thousands lives annually. While seatbelts save lives when worn correctly, they have also been shown to cause injuries like broken bones, organ damage, and contusions in a car crash due to the tightening that occurs from the force of the accident.

When worn incorrectly, a seat belt can cause even more severe injuries, including death. For the greatest measure of safety, seatbelts should be worn correctly across the shoulder and chest with little slack, as well as across the lap, low on your hips. With your seatbelt secure, you should always sit upright. Children under 12 should be seated in the rear seat, with appropriate child-safe seats or seat belts. 

Another common safety feature is the airbag. Patented in 1953, today airbags are a safety standard. Like the seatbelt, there is no doubt that airbags save lives, thousands of them annually, by keeping the driver and passengers from colliding with the steering wheel, dashboard, windshield, or vehicle frame. The problem arises due to the rapid deployment which saves lives when working properly but can result in injuries including: 

  • Concussions
  • Whiplash
  • Internal bleeding
  • Fractures
  • Brain injuries
  • Burns
  • Sprains
  • Cuts to the face
  • Hands
  • Wrists 
  • Death (in extreme cases)

The latest technology includes driver-assist features which are designed to enhance driving by exerting control over the vehicle in reacting to hazards on the road. While these features come with a host of names depending on the manufacturer, they typically include detection and warning systems and braking systems.

While contributing to vehicle safety, they can also contribute to unintended hazards such as triggering a driver to overcorrect when the feature kicks in or causing a driver to become too dependent on the feature. 

After A Car Accident

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If you have been involved in a car accident, simple or severe, call on the team at County Line Chiropractic Medical and Rehab Centers. At County Line Chiro, you will find professional caring chiropractors – skilled in treating your car accident-related injuries. You will receive a comprehensive examination, an accurate diagnosis, and a personalized treatment plan to relieve your pain and return you to health and wellness. 

The well-qualified, caring If you have been involved in a car accident, simple or severe, call on the team at County Line Chiropractic and Rehab Centers. The team ready to help you or your loved one if you have been hurt in a car accident. Call today to get the relief and rehab you need to alleviate your pain and restore your health. 

 

Please Note: At County Line Chiro, we are following strict hygienic practices as advised by the CDC as well as the state’s guidelines to ensure your safety during the coronavirus pandemic.

 

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