Believe it or not, the safety of the crew members who travel with us in our vehicles is in our hands, and by making good use of the rules, we can avoid many injuries that affect the quality of life. It is as simple as maintaining a good posture in the seat.
Do you remember the occupational risk courses where the correct posture is explained?
Well, using a car is the same, whether we are the driver or not, and with the aggravating circumstance that a traffic accident will push our own resistance to the limit. Let’s look at some of the guidelines we can follow to minimize damage.
Primary care for accident victims
According to figures provided by an expert lawyer for car accidents, between 30% and 50% of deaths that occur from a car accident occur within the first five minutes after the accident occurs.
After an accident, the first few hours are really crucial and vital for the individuals who have been injured, reason enough to apply first aid and try to keep the victims alive.
To have a clearer idea of its importance, almost 50% of deaths by car accident take place immediately, if not, they occur during the first minutes after the accident takes place.
Keep in mind that people who die from a car accident are due to problems with the airways (obstruction) as well as bleeding.
So, the main thing is to request the intervention of medical professionals who should not take more than 10 minutes to appear at the scene and thus increase the chances of survival of injured people.
But what can the other people involved in the accident do? These actions are key until the ambulance finally arrives:
- Do not make rescue attempts and only protect the injured from external agents
- Contact emergency services
- Check the victim’s level of consciousness and never leave him alone
- Control bleeding or bleeding
- Never remove the helmet if it is motorized
Possibilities to reduce injuries in a car accident
Although we believe that car accidents are unpredictable, there are always actions that drivers can take in order to have a much safer trip. These actions are easy and simple and that we often forget and therefore, we become negligent.
Steering wheel height
We must adjust so that when we sit down our legs or belly do not collide or rub against the steering wheel. Similarly, it’s important to be able to hold it easily and comfortably in the famous clock position at ten past ten (each hand located on the number).
If we go with our arms too extended, we significantly increase the risk of fractures in the event of a collision.
Distance from seat and pedals
In this case, it’s essential to position ourselves at a distance that allows us to firmly step on the clutch, but with the possibility of keeping the legs slightly bent.
This is how comfort is obtained while we can avoid seizures. In case of collisions, this posture will help our legs and not our hips absorb the impact in the event of a crash.
As in the previous aspects, the ideal is to raise the seat of your car to a medium range. That is, place it high enough to have a good width of the road, but also low to quickly view the dashboard and other dashboards.
Apart from this, the appropriate height of the seat will allow the seat belt to hold the body in the event of a crash.
This is not the same as your dining room chair or the living room sofa. The seat of your car should be in a straight position (vertical) but slightly tilted back (without very extreme angles), just enough so that your back and head are perfectly and comfortably supported.
Otherwise, in case of being very reclined it can become fatal in relation to a frontal collision. You could slip out of your seat belt or hang yourself at the neck.