Even the safest drivers get into accidents. They can be caused by reckless drivers, animals or objects in the road and weather conditions, amongst a list of other reasons. Even though accidents are sometimes unavoidable, there are precautions that can be made to prevent serious injuries.

Wear a Seat Belt

Whether you’re the passenger or the driver, sitting in the front seat or the back seat, the first thing you should do when you get into any car is put your seat belt on. Not wearing a seatbelt could significantly affect the severity of your injuries. It’s important to wear your seatbelt correctly to increase your chances of surviving an accident—across your hipbones and chest. Be sure children under the age of two are strapped securely into a well-installed rear-facing car seat at all times until the child weighs 40 or more pounds or is 40 or more inches tall.

Utilize Your Car’s Safety Technologies

The latest cars are being updated with advanced safety technology to protect drivers and passengers in case of an incident. Some cars are equipped with automatic emergency braking, which works to prevent a crash or reduce the level of impact. The rearview mirror is another feature that could help lessen the severity of an accident. Even if you see the car too late, it’s better to be able to take action rather than be blindsided by someone hitting your car. Get familiar with the safety options in your current car so you know how to react in the event of an accident. And be sure to ask about safety features when shopping for your next car.

Store Loose Objects

Handbags and groceries may seem like harmless objects, but if they fly across your car during an accident, they can be dangerous. These types of objects can cause severe or even fatal injuries to the head and other body parts. Hot drinks should be covered and sharp objects should be securely packed away to prevent additional injuries. Mild injuries from a fender bender can escalate to a serious concussion if a heavy object is loose in the car.


It is important to take safety precautions so you and your loved ones can reach your destination safely. The Law Office of John P. Burns has specialized in vehicle accident cases for more than 30 years. If you, a loved one, or someone you know is injured in an automobile accident, contact our office. The first conversation is always free.