One of the most common injuries resulting from a car accident is commonly known as ‘whiplash’. Whiplash occurs when a person’s neck snaps back and forth resulting in neck pain, stiffness, and headaches. This often occurs when your vehicle is hit from behind such as in a rear-end collision. One way to reduce your risk of whiplash is to adjust your headrest.
For cars manufactured in 2009 or later, headrests have been subject to stricter standards resulting in significant improvement in construction and effectiveness of most vehicle’s headrests. Proper placement of your headrest is still an essential component of whiplash prevention. The headrest should be raised to match the top of the driver’s head.
Some other tips to minimize your injuries during a car accident include:
– properly wearing a seatbelt so that it is adjusted to reach across your chest, not over your neck
– adjust mirrors so that you can see blindspots
– make sure you always check your tire pressure to make sure tires are properly inflated
Taking the time to make sure you are properly secured in your vehicle can minimize any injuries should you be involved in an accident. Learn more at Ventura Law.