Does your driving posture matter during a collision?

On Behalf of | Apr 18, 2022 | Personal Injury

You’ve had a driver’s license for years in Ohio, and outside of encountering the odd aggressive driver, you’ve had no crashes. This is largely down to taking a safety-first approach on the road.

Unfortunately, no matter how safely you drive, you could still be involved in a collision. Is there anything you can do to reduce the risk of severe injury? Does it matter what your seating position is while you drive?

An upright posture is best

Vehicular collisions are usually over within a matter of seconds. However, those who have been involved in a collision often report feeling as if it happened in slow motion. This is down to the fight-or-flight response, which occurs during various traumatic events, including car crashes. This response means that you may have an opportunity to brace yourself for impact. Being seated in an upright position, with your seat belt on, rather than slouched and without a safety belt, could reduce your chances of sustaining severe injuries.

Safe distance from the steering wheel

Most modern vehicles are fitted with airbags. These inflate during a collision, in the hope that they form a protective cushion that prevents severe head and chest injuries. However, the airbags do not inflate immediately. If you are seated too close to the steering wheel, the airbags might not have the chance to inflate fully, and you may collide at high speeds with the steering unit.

How you sit is not guaranteed to prevent you from severe injury, but it is worth taking every step to reduce this possibility. If someone else has caused you to suffer harm on the roads, make sure you explore your legal options in further detail.