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The risk of suffering a steering wheel injury

On Behalf of | Apr 20, 2023 | Injuries

Your steering wheel dictates the direction that you head when you’re driving. If you spot a potential hazard, then turning it can guide you out of the way. Sadly, if getting out of the way isn’t a possibility, then your steering wheel has the potential to injure you in the event of a collision.

These are some of the more common accident-related injuries associated with steering wheels.

Facial injuries

It is possible to adjust your steering wheel position in most modern vehicles. You need to find a spot that’s comfortable for you. Generally, it is not a good idea to sit too close to the wheel. For some, the optimal position is to place the steering wheel in a high position. During a crash, the impact could throw you in a forward direction, and with a highly placed steering wheel, your face could take the brunt of the impact. Orbital fractures, broken noses and chipped teeth are just some of the injuries that you may suffer.

Internal injuries

For most individuals, a steering wheel is placed at approximately the height of the rib cage. Your rib cage protects your vital organs. As car accidents tend to generate a tremendous amount of force, your rib cage could be compromised, meaning that the organs it protects could be compromised. The biggest risk in these circumstances is that you might suffer internal bleeding. If one of your vital organs ruptures, this can be a fatal situation if urgent medical treatment is not received right away.

You may be a safe and conscientious driver but that doesn’t mean that everyone else is. If you have been in a crash that was caused by the negligence of another road user, then you may be able to hold them to account legally. Seeking professional legal guidance can give you an idea of whether or not you are entitled to financial compensation as a result of your circumstances.


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