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How to Avoid Injury in a Car Accident

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.