What really happens when you’re in a car accident?
Take a look around the next time you are in the driver’s seat. Think about your steering wheel, windshield, windows, dashboard, and the space between the two side windows. While 30 or 40 mph seems slow in a car, that’s about the same speed that you travel when you’re going downhill on a bicycle.
Imagine a thick sheet of glass whacking you in the head at that speed. Car accidents are uncompromising affairs, which is why they kill such large numbers of people each year. Of course, many people do survive.
What happens to you in a car accident?
Crashes are all different and there are many different factors that can affect the severity of the injury – the kind of crash (rollover, head-on etc), the speed you’re driving at, whether you’ve got air bags, whether you’re wearing a seat-belt, whether you’re the passenger or driver, whether you hit a solid object or a car and much more.
Car Accident Statistics
Just under half of all crashes involve a vehicle hitting another vehicle, followed by cars crashing into hard, immovable objects. People injured in car accidents often end up in hospital, with a lengthy rehabilitation ahead of them and some people never fully recover.
Wearing a seat-belt is the simplest and most effective way to reduce the risk of injury in front-on crashes and many other types of crashes. The truth is that most crashes can be avoided altogether through safe driving habits.