Car accidents happen very suddenly, and you may not have much time to react. However, you do not just have to rely on luck to get through. There are steps you can take to actively increase the odds that you survive the incident.
First off, you should always wear your seat belt and wear it properly. Do not tuck it under your arm. Do not connect it behind your back to shut off the warning sensor. Seat belts are simple, but they drastically improve your chances of survival.
Do not cross your arms or put anything between your face and the steering wheel. The airbag comes out with violent force. If you're crossing your hands as you turn the wheel, it can break your arms or facial bones.
Before you even get in the car, try to pack everything away safely. Remember that all loose objects become missiles in a car accident. They can be very dangerous if they strike you. Things like laptop computers may seem small and harmless, but getting hit at 55 miles per hour is devastating. One study determined that on average, people have 4.3 dangerous objects in the car that could be dangerous in a crash.
During the crash, even though your instinct is to brace yourself, do not do it. Try to stay as loose and relaxed as you can. Bracing only creates additional injuries. If you grab the dashboard, for instance, you could break your arm.
These tips can help, but they do not guarantee your safety. Even if you live, you could have life-changing injuries. Make sure you know what legal options you have to seek compensation.