How To Survive A Car Crash

How To Survive A Car Crash

You’re stopped at​ the​ corner of​ Dunn and​ Bradstreet listening to​ your latest empowerment tape when, out of​ your rear-view mirror, you spot a​ Seville preparing to​ redesign the​ back of​ your car. Quick, what should you do?

Lawrence Nordhoff, Jr., D.C., accident reconstructionist and​ author of​ two texts on vehicle collisions makes the​ following suggestions for​ that split second when you see the​ car approaching:

1. “Tighten up and​ brace yourself holding on firmly to​ the​ ten o’clock and​ two o’clock position of​ the​ steering wheel.”

The idea of​ remaining loose and​ relaxed is​ wrong! Contracted muscles protect the​ bones, discs, ligaments and​ nerves.

2. “Keep your wrists flat, not bent,” to​ prevent wrist injuries such as​ carpal tunnel syndrome.

3. “Face forward, look straight ahead and​ sit squarely against the​ back of​ your seat.” Never allow passengers to​ bend forward in​ airbag-equipped cars. if​ you are about to​ be rear-ended, press your head firmly against the​ headrest.

4. “When stopped, keep an​ eye on your rear view mirror.” You have a​ better chance of​ not being injured if​ you’re aware of​ the​ oncoming collision.

According to​ Dr. Nordhoff, the​ average person will be in​ a​ car collision once every ten years. Practice these four points upon entering your car will make them “instinctual” when the​ situation arises. Before the​ “big day” there are a​ few things to​ keep in​ mind.

1. “Buy Big! Size counts!”

Gas economy is​ great for​ our environment and​ small cars look cute, but when you’re watching an​ S.U.V. drive into the​ back of​ your Hyundai, you’ll wish you had a​ Suburban.

2. Sit at​ least 6” from the​ steering wheel to​ avoid serious injury caused by the​ airbag crushing into your chest. if​ you’re too short, get pedal extenders.

3. the​ headrest must contact the​ area just above your ears. Most are set too low and​ act as​ karate chop when you’re struck from behind.

4. Never place the​ shoulder harness behind your back. This puts the​ stress on the​ lap belt causing spinal cord injuries. if​ you’re large breasted, use a​ shoulder strap cushion such as​ lambs wool.
5. Put a​ cushion on the​ glass in​ old pick-up trucks whose rear window acts as​ the​ head restraint.

6. Changed seatbelts every 10 years and​ after major car accidents.

7. Service and​ check the​ ABS (antilock braking system) every time you change your pads (must be requested).

8. Do not pump your ABS! This can cause your car to​ flip over. Just hold the​ brakes to​ the​ floor. it​ will naturally grab, grind and​ feel jerky but it​ is​ supposed to​ do this. Practice the​ feel of​ abrupt braking in​ a​ vacant lot.

9. Carry high “med pay” coverage (minimum $25,000). It’s fairly inexpensive and​ will free you from having to​ sue your insurance company to​ have your treatment covered.

Accidents are nearly inevitable so share this information. it​ may lead to​ a​ more “pleasant” accident experience.

When you’re injured, ALWAYS have yourself evaluated at​ my office so that your alignment can be returned to​ a​ healthy and​ normal function—not just temporarily pain-free. Often the​ effects of​ an​ accident don’t fully reveal themselves for​ months and​ sometimes years later (when the​ degenerative changes develop). We make certain to​ check for​ their signs and​ usually prevent them from developing.

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