All modern vehicles are equipped with air bags, which provide an added layer of safety in the event of an accident.

While there is no denying the fact that air bags save lives and prevent injuries, this is only the case if you follow these tips:

  • Wear your seat belt. Air bags are meant to work alongside seat belts. In an accident, your seat belt will keep you secure, while also ensuring that the air bag doesn’t strike you with too much force.
  • Sit back. Some drivers are in the habit of sitting too close to the steering wheel. Do your best to maintain a minimum distance of 10 inches at all times. The closer you sit to the steering wheel, the greater chance you have of being injured by the air bag.
  • Children should ride in the back. A child riding in the front seat is in danger of being injured if one or more air bags deploy. It’s safest for your children to ride in the backseat, so keep them there until they get older.

The more safety features your vehicle has, the more confident you can be in your ability to avoid serious injuries in an accident.

Unfortunately, even if your car is equipped with advanced safety features, an accident can still result in serious injuries or death.

If you’re injured in a car accident, follow the treatment strategy outlined by your medical team. You should also contact your insurance company, learn more about your legal rights and take steps to hold the negligent driver responsible for your injuries and other damages.