Depending on the impact of the collision,
car accidents typically result in a variety of injuries, such as whiplash, spinal pain,
as well as tightness and soreness of the muscles. These kinds of injuries
take an extended period of time to heal, sometimes longer than even broken
bones. Fortunately, there are multiple ways you reduce the chances of
being involved in a car accident and avoid injuries.
The following are most common ways our auto accident patients have been injured:
Traffic – It is important to leave two seconds of space between you and
the car in front of you. During bad weather conditions or night driving,
it is best to leave four seconds to be on the safe side. For significantly
inclement weather, including fog, snow, or ice, you should leave six seconds
of space between you and the car ahead.
Dead stop – Many of our whiplash patients have been rear-ended while at a complete
stop. Make sure you keep your eye on your rear view mirror in order to
see if the car behind you is also slowing to a stop.
Middle turn lane – Also known as the “suicide lane,” it is best to avoid
it since cars can enter from either direction without warning. Instead,
wait until there is enough of a clearing to cross right over to the far
lane without trapping yourself in the middle.
Intersections – A majority of accidents occur in the middle of intersections. Not only
should you check both ways to enter a busy road, but you must also double
and triple check traffic. Anticipating what can possibly happen can go
a long way toward preventing injuries.
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in car accident,
contact QualCare Rehabilitation and
schedule an appointment with our auto accident doctor immediately.