You may sustain a variety of injuries after being involved in a car crash that occurs in California or anywhere else. For instance, you may experience whiplash in the moments after impact as the force of the collision jerks your head and neck at an unnatural angle. You may also suffer broken bones, cuts and internal damage as a result of a collision with another vehicle or object.
Poor posture could result in severe injuries
If you sit with your feet on the dashboard, there is a chance that the force of a collision may send your knees back into your body. It’s also possible that poor posture could result in an airbag hitting you in the chest as opposed to in the face as it is designed to do. It’s worth noting that children under the age of 12 should not sit in the front as they could be seriously hurt by an airbag.
Glass can be a hazard
Flying glass is a common cause of cuts, lacerations and internal damage in a motor vehicle accident. Ideally, you will refrain from trying to remove the glass from your eyes as you could push it further into your eyeball, and this could result in severe long-term damage. It may also be a good idea to keep any objects that may have entered your body where they are until help arrives to ensure that they can be removed properly.
Always wear your safety belt
It’s possible that a safety belt could cause bruising or other injuries in a crash. However, it will also prevent you from being ejected from the vehicle, and it may also help to minimize the risk that your head makes contact with a dashboard or the seat in front of yours.
If you are hurt in a crash, you may receive compensation to pay medical bills and recoup lost wages. You may also receive a financial award to replace items lost or damaged in a crash caused by a driver who was drunk, tired or distracted.