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Some common car accident injuries may be preventable

California residents who were victims of car accidents may suffer from injuries that may have been preventable. When drivers and passengers take appropriate safety measures before getting in their cars, they may be able to prevent some of the most common injuries that occur during car accidents.

Wearing a seat belt is the most effective way to prevent car accident injuries. Safety belts keep passengers restrained so that they are not thrown through windshields, minimizing the risk of brain injuries. The shoulder restraint on modern seat belts may secure passengers enough to prevent whiplash or other spinal injuries that may cause victims to suffer for years after an accident.

Injuries to the legs, knees and feet are also common complaints after car accidents. These injuries often occur when vehicle occupants sit with their legs crossed, propped up on the dashboard or in other awkward positions. Severe leg injuries can make walking difficult or even impossible, and they may require surgery to repair. Drivers and passengers can prevent these injuries by sitting with their legs positioned together with both feet on the floor.

While people riding in cars can take these steps to prevent certain injuries, some car accidents are so severe that preventative measures and the most advanced safety features cannot prevent injuries such as head trauma or broken bones. People who suffer injuries in car accidents often undergo surgery and prolonged treatment, such as physical or cognitive rehabilitation, in order to recover. The expense of treatment is often enough to leave victims deep in debt. Successful personal injury lawsuits filed against any liable parties may result in settlements that provide victims with compensation for their medical bills and other expenses.

Source: CarsDirect, "Most Common Preventable Injuries that Happen in a Car Crash", December 13, 2014

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