A lot of factors can influence whether or not you experience serious injuries in a car accident. Road conditions, speed, vehicle angle and size, and even your sitting position can affect your outcome.
When you know how to safely and properly sit in your vehicle, you can increase your safety.
Sitting the right way
If you have never really thought about how you sit in your car, you are certainly not alone. Many people do not think twice when they get into their vehicle. However, sitting improperly can put you at a higher risk of serious or even life-threatening injuries in a car accident. According to Consumer Reports, you should sit straight and centered in your chair. The top of your headrest should align with the top of your head. The steering wheel should sit no closer than 10 inches from your chest to allow ample space for the airbag to deploy upon impact.
Your seatbelt should sit snugly across both hips and the top should cross the center of your collarbone. Your feet should comfortably reach the pedals to improve your control and confidence.
Adjusting your vehicle
Over time, you may need to readjust the controls or your seat to maintain efficiency and function when you drive. If you borrow someone’s vehicle or you rent a car on vacation, apply the same rules. Allow yourself enough time before leaving to adjust everything to where you like it.
If you suffer injuries in a car accident, you may require ongoing medical treatment or suffer permanent disabilities. Working with an attorney may enable you to navigate the legal side of your accident so you can focus on your recovery.