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Learn how to increase survivability in a crash

Nobody ever plans to be in an accident, but there are ways to reduce the risks you face when a collision does occur. Learn how you can better protect yourself and your passengers when disaster occurs.

Sit in the seat the way they are designed. Don't lean the seats way back or slouch down in the car seat. Remain upright with your hands on the wheel if you are the driver. Passengers, too, should never lean down or lie across the seats. Keep in mind that all of the vehicle's high-tech safety features are designed to protect you best when you use them in the manner in which they are designed.

Don't place items in between you and the airbags, as when the airbags deploy, those items will become deadly missiles aimed right at your face and chest area. Deployed airbags alone can cause serious facial injuries, including broken bones, from the force. You don't want to add anything else to the mix.

Loose items in the vehicle become projectiles in a collision. Laptops, cellphones, pets, children's toys, purses and anything else that is unsecured in the car can strike you at a velocity that can inflict grievous injuries in a high-speed accident. Purses and backpacks can be secured by looping an unused seat belt through the straps. Other objects can be stashed in the truck bed or in the trunk.

Realize though, that no matter how safe you are with your vehicle and driving, you still are at the mercy of the other drivers on the highways. If you get into an accident with an at-fault driver, you may need to seek legal assistance with filing a claim for compensation.

Source: Indefinitely Wild, "How To Survive A Car Crash," Wes Siler, accessed July 29, 2016

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