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Common car accident injuries can be prevented

Many Georgia drivers become involved in car accidents. While some accidents are minor, others could result in serious injuries. However, there are certain ways that a driver or other vehicle occupants may reduce the risk of common accident injuries.

Common injuries that could leave a person temporarily or permanently disabled include head, neck and brain injuries. A person may suffer a face, head or brain injury if a collision causes the person's head to come into contact with a sharp or blunt object, such as a piece of glass from the windshield or the dashboard. These types of injuries can be prevented by properly installed front and side airbags. Additionally, people should try to wrap their arms around their head to form an emergency helmet.

Other common crash injuries include neck, back and leg injuries. Neck injuries can include whiplash and damage to the spinal cord. Back injuries can also include damage to the spinal cord, slipped discs and fractured bones. In most cases, neck and back injuries can be prevented by properly wearing a seat belt that has a neck restraint. Seat belts can reduce the impact of an accident by keeping a person restrained to their seat. A person's knees, legs and feet are at risk for becoming crushed in a collision. However, injuries can sometimes be prevented by keeping feet, legs and knees together,

While there are some measures that drivers and vehicle occupants can take to reduce the risk of car accident injuries, there is no guarantee that a person will walk away from a crash unharmed. Should a person suffer an injury in a crash that was caused by another driver, a personal injury attorney can be of assistance in attempting to obtain available damages.

Source: CarsDirect, "Most Common Preventable Injuries that Happen in a Car Crash", December 16, 2014

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