Careful drivers can still end up in car collisions. Fortunately, in addition to doing your best to prevent an accident by driving safely, there are ways you can lessen the injuries a car accident may cause.

Always clicking your seat belt, adjusting your head rest and getting medical help can all minimize the impact of a car crash injuries.

Use your seat belt

Wearing your seat belt and encouraging your passengers to do the same may save your lives in a collision. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, almost half of all passengers and drivers killed in car accidents in 2017 weren’t wearing their seat belt. Without a seat belt fastened, you’ll be more likely to fall out of a vehicle during a collision and face injuries from the force of an air bag.

Prepare for whiplash

Rear-end accidents can cause your neck to violently swing back and forth and lead to short- or long-term neck and back pain or mobility problems. This is known as whiplash. Thankfully, you can try to prevent or at least reduce the impact of potential whiplash injuries by adjusting the top of your head rest to be as high as the top of your head and close to the back of your head. It’s also helpful to sit up straight and lean back into your seat as you drive in order to prepare for the worst.

Don’t delay medical aid

After an accident takes place and you experience pain, it isn’t too late to try and manage the injuries that may unfold. Since there are plenty of car accident injuries that can worsen with time or take some time to fully appear, it’s essential to receive medical aid as soon as possible. From there, you’ll want to follow your doctor’s orders on treating present injuries, track your symptoms and schedule follow-up appointments immediately if you begin to feel worse.

Serious physical and emotional injuries that a car accident may cause can be expensive to treat. But a personal injury attorney can help you receive the compensation your need to fully recover.