The most common types of road accident injuries happen to typically be whiplash injuries or others that are mostly caused by rear-end collisions. Mainly, because rear-end collisions are so common, there are laws that enable one to file a proper legal claim against the other party who hit their vehicle, hence causing the injury. You can sue for damages, medical bills, etc. If you are smart, you will hire a personal injury lawyer to help you navigate your way through the legal claim.
Some examples of typical rear-end collision injuries include:
- Whiplash (of course)
- Head injuries
- Chest injuries
- Back injuries
- Tissue injuries
- Muscle sprains
- Muscle spams
- Psychological Trauma
Typically whiplash injuries may include:
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Restricted motor abilities
- Difficulty Concentrating
Now, let us go over some easy ways one can avoid these injuries and any psychological trauma that may come with them. Just as a person in a severe accident cannot walk out completely unfazed by the severity of the accident physically, the same applies to their mental health. If someone were to survive a brutal car accident or even just a seemingly harmless collision, that might only leave some bruises and scars on their body, in the same way, their brains are bruised and scarred with the trauma of that accident forever.
Prevention Strategies To Avoid Harm
You know what they say; prevention is better than cure, and decidedly so. So let’s jump into prevention strategies that can save not only you but also countless others, and at the same time, some of these may even help you prevent harm even if you were caught in between someone else’s mistake.
Keep A Check On Airbags
Always make sure you have functioning airbags. Especially if you have children. Get the airbags checked for damage and functionality every now and then. This will not only help prevent any facial or neck injuries but might as well just give you the cushion you need in order to avoid a severe whiplash injury.
Watch The Speed Limit
Obey speed limits and always use turn signals when you decide to make a turn, just to make sure your intention to turn is announced and no one bumps into your car trying to get ahead of you so they can speed their way to work, which they are already late for. By following the speed limit, you can, for one, avoid getting speeding tickets and eventually having your car towed for illegal parking, and you can save yourself from being in a road accident.
Stay Vigilant When It Comes To Brakes
Do not just hit the brake pedal whenever you feel like it because, in that case, you will definitely cause an accident, thanks to your abrupt halting stunt. Instead, make a smooth stop, slowly and gradually. This will give the other drivers a heads up, too, so they know you might be stopping, and hence they can prepare to make the stop as well instead of just crashing right into you. In this case, they would be the ones with the legal rights to file an injury claim against you.
Keep Checking Your Rearview Mirror
Keep checking your rearview mirror to make sure no one is speeding towards you, and if someone is, you can get out of their way or speed up a little in order to avoid a collision or car-on-car bump.
Keep Your Vehicle Maintained
Vehicle maintenance is a must. It is so important that the importance of bi-annual vehicle maintenance and mechanical checks cannot be emphasized enough. This is for your own safety and also for that of others, but you are the one who would benefit primarily from it. You can enjoy a safe and smooth ride anywhere without any kind of worries and actually just enjoy yourself without having to stress about the engine or the oil change or an issue with the brakes, etc.
Make sure you are awake and present. Try not to zone out while driving and remain as attentive towards the road as humanly possible at any given moment. This way, you can also anticipate the moves of other drivers and keep a safe distance from them if necessary.
Avoid Aggressive Driving
Avoid aggressive driving and keep checking for blind spots. Take extra precautions just in case. Try not to get caught up in the road rage fever, and keep your calm and coolness filters always turned on. It will help you keep a clear head and think as well as see straight ahead and be safe on the road.
Watch The Horn Before Using
When we say avoid noise pollution, we do not mean don’t use the car horn at all. After all, it is there for a reason. Given that someone doesn’t take the indicator flashing hit, it is better to wake them up with a little bit of the good old-fashioned noise. Obviously, in certain cases, it is better to alert the other drivers by signaling them with a car horn instead of letting them just come onto you, damage your vehicle as well, and cause you physical injuries such as whiplash and neck pains.
Follow these tips to stay out of harm’s way on the road and warn your friends and relatives too. Stay safe and happy driving!