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Seat Belt Injuries

While seat belts are designed and manufactured to save lives and prevent serious injuries. They are made to prevent an individual from flying forward during a car accident.

However, there are times where they can actually cause an injury. While the entire body won’t hit a hard surface in the event of a collision, a part of the body will exert a significant and violent force on the best. Due to the location of a seat belt, injuries are typically limited to just the upper body.

Factors that play a role in a seat belt injury include:

  • Speed at the time of the accident
  • Tightness or looseness of the seat belt
  • If the seatbelt experienced a malfunction
  • Placement of the belt on your body

The following are the common types of seat belt injuries:

  • Whiplash
  • Cracked rib
  • Broken or bruised sternum
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Shoulder injuries

How to Prevent Seat Belt Injuries

You can prevent or minimize the damage of a seat belt injury by securing your seat belt in a proper manner. The lap belt is secured firmly across your hips and below your stomach, and the shoulder belt is positioned across your hips and not near your stomach.

The belt should have some slack and shouldn’t be uncomfortably tight; however, it should not provide much wiggle room. Do not place the shoulder belt behind your back or under your arm whatsoever.

If you have experienced a car accident and require rehabilitation services in Houston, TX, contact QualCare Rehabilitation and Allied Medical Centers and schedule an initial appointment today.