Being in a car accident can be terrifying, but the damages or injuries sustained in the accident can be made even worse by not practicing safe driving or being a safe passenger.
Don't put your feet up on the dashboard.
This may not seem like a big deal, but a passenger in a car accident can sustain very serious injuries if their feet are up on the dashboard during an accident. This small decision can completely change a person's life. An example of this happening was when 26-year-old Bethany Bensen decided to put her feet up on the dashboard before she fell asleep in the car.
Bethany's life was forever changed because of this decision. Her knees were pushed into her face, breaking one of her eye sockets, her cheekbone and her nose. Her feet were both broken in the crash, and a brain bleed has left her completely in her mother’s care. Perhaps, if Bethany had fallen asleep in the car in a different position, the injuries she sustained may not have been as bad. You can read more about Bethany's tragic story here.
Wear your seatbelt.
This may seem like an obvious suggestion, but you'd be surprised to see how many people skip this important step of getting settled in the car. The national average, as of 2012, of people that wear seat belts in the car was 86 percent.. In 2012, the average in Texas was 94 percent.
The difference between wearing and not wearing a seatbelt could be life or death. Wearing your seatbelt is a simple way to avoid life-threatening injuries. Of course, seat belts cannot guarantee your safety, but they can lessen your injuries.
Avoid distracted driving.
Distracted driving is not limited to texting, although that is definitely included on the list. Distracted driving includes anything that takes your hands off the wheel and your eyes off the road.
Some of these activities may include, but are not limited to, eating or drinking, talking on the phone, looking for a CD, texting, smoking, etc.
An easy way to be distracted while driving is putting a destination or address in your navigation system. This may seem like it only takes a few seconds, but keeping your eyes and hands away from the wheel and road can lead to something even worse. You should try to type these addresses in while the car is parked or before you leave.
Driving while tired is almost as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. When we're tired, our minds are not working clearly and it can be difficult for us to stay awake. Falling asleep at the wheel is equally dangerous to you and the other people on the road.
If you feel yourself starting to drift off a bit, you should pull over to a safe area, like a parking lot, and rest until you feel comfortable enough to drive.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident, contact the Houston attorney at The Law Offices of Hilda L. Sibrian, PC today.