Car crashes: Your body takes the impact

Car accidents have the potential to cause many kinds of injuries. Some of the most common include whiplash, lacerations, broken bones, muscle strains, sprains and internal injuries. It's possible to suffer a head injury, chest injury and other injuries, too.

After a car crash, you may feel disoriented. Your body is going through chemical and physical reactions to the collision. It releases endorphins and adrenaline. This may make you more alert and give you the strength to get out of a dangerous situation, but it also means you're less likely to feel pain and could be suffering from major injuries without realizing it. That's why it's always suggested to go to the hospital after you get hit.

Why is it important to wear a seat belt?

You should remember that your body will try to continue traveling at whatever speed your vehicle was at when the crash occurred. So, if your vehicle was traveling at 25 mph, your body may feel the force of the crash at 25 mph. Without a seat belt, your body may continue forward and be thrown from the vehicle.

Your seat belt may cause some injuries, like a broken collar bone or bruising to your chest, but those injuries are generally less severe than what you'd suffer if you did not wear one.

What if you weren't wearing a seat belt during a crash and were badly injured as a result?

Even if you were not wearing a seat belt, you can still make a claim. Though your actions may be a consideration, the other driver's recklessness caused the crash overall.

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