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What should you do to minimize the impact of a crash?

Motor vehicle accidents can be so serious that they quickly lead to permanent injuries and fatalities. Among the most dangerous are T-bone accidents and head-on collisions. Why are they so dangerous?

In a head-on collision, both vehicles may be traveling at the speed limit before hitting. This doubles the force of the accident compared to if the vehicles were heading the same direction. In a T-bone accident, there is less framework between the passengers and the person who is hitting the vehicle, which could mean a direct hit to someone inside.

In any car crash, there is a likelihood that someone will get hurt. How badly depends on numerous factors, like how fast they were traveling, the angle of the impact and if the people involved were wearing seat belts.

What should you do if you think an accident is about to happen?

Sometimes, people see accidents coming but aren't able to stop them. In those cases, there are some things you can do. First, try to get out of the way. Second, make sure your seat belt is on if you have time to do so. Third, do what you can to slow down if you're traveling. Even 5 to 10 mph of force can make a significant difference in the injuries that occur. Finally, if you can, try to put as much of your vehicle between you and the oncoming vehicle as possible. Turning away from a crash could be enough to prevent a direct hit.

Not everyone gets an opportunity to prepare for a crash, but if you can take steps to minimize the impact, it will help.

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