Many people do periodic safety checks on their vehicles. While they’re checking things like exterior lights and braking systems, they forget about one major safety hazard – loose objects. If you’re involved in a crash or have to stop suddenly, these objects can become projectiles.
Throwing something like a purse or groceries on to the seat or floorboard beside you when you get in to the vehicle seems like a normal activity to most people. There’s a chance that those items could go flying due to the impact of a crash. If you’re involved in a rollover crash, the unsecured items, as well as any unrestrained occupants, will be tossed around.
One study found that more than 3,000 children who were injured in car crashes were struck by other passengers, unsecured items, or both. The study looked at over 12,000 children who were injured by something inside of a vehicle during a crash.
Taking steps to secure items in your vehicle can help you and your passengers remain a little safer if you get in to a wreck. The injuries from these can be severe. For example, someone may be struck in the eye by a book corner if there’s a book left out in the vehicle.
When another driver’s negligence was the cause of the automobile crash, victims may opt to pursue a claim for compensation. This enables them to try to recover the damages they’ve suffered due to the crash and resulting injuries. An attorney who’s familiar with automobile crash cases can walk them through the process and help them with their claim.