Every year in the United States, there are more than 6 million car accidents. These cause about 40,000 fatalities and 3 million injuries. According to experts, the majority of these are caused by drivers who aren’t aware just how powerful their cars are. Even at low speeds, an impact in a car accident can cause serious injuries. This may cause bodies to be thrown around inside the car, resulting in broken bones, whiplash and even worse injuries.
At Steinger, Iscoe and Greene, we always advise the use of seatbelts. Despite what some may say, seatbelts are lifesavers. A machine called the Seatbelt Convincer demonstrates just how much impact a car accident has — even at 10 miles per hour. A seatbelt is designed to keep the driver and passengers as close to their seats as possible, greatly reducing the amount by which the body moves in the event of an impact. It is this movement that tends to cause the majority of injuries.
Even if you don’t feel hurt after an accident, it’s almost always prudent to seek medical attention anyway. You may be injured and not realize it. For those under 65, car accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries. If you have suffered this or any other kind of injury due to someone else’s negligence, call us today for a free initial case evaluation.