You keep your vehicle properly maintained, you keep your driver’s license current and in good standing, you obey the rules of the road and drive with caution, you are a defensive driver, you buckle up, and you require everyone in your car to buckle up. What more can you do to keep you and your family safe on the road? Over 11,000 car accidents were reported in Philadelphia in 2017 and almost 8,000 people sustained injuries in those accidents.
It is impossible to prevent all car accidents and injuries from happening, even when you exercise extreme care and caution on the road, and that can be frustrating. It is especially frustrating when safety precautions that you exercise, like wearing your seatbelt and making sure that your children and other passengers are wearing seatbelts, end up being the cause of serious injuries.
Seatbelt injuries generally impact the spine and torso and especially the abdomen. Seatbelt injuries are not always evident immediately and they are sometimes not diagnosed as early as they could be. Seatbelt injuries may include the following exclusively or combined:
Kidney and other organ damage including loss of short-term and long-term function
Intestinal perforations and tears
Fractured sternum, ribs, and clavicle
Major vessel injuries
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that seatbelts saved over 14,500 lives in 2016. Seatbelt use is of course still recommended, but it is also important to be aware of and recognize the symptoms of seatbelt injuries and seek medical attention immediately if you suspect you have a seatbelt injury. Seatbelt injury symptoms may include: