When you jump into the front seat of your car, it is unlikely that you
consider the position of your seat and steering wheel. In fact, most people
have their seats and steering wheel set in positions in which they feel
But did you know the position of your seat and the angle of your steering
wheel can affect the amount of injury or damage you can face if an accident occurs?
Sitting Too Close to the Steering Wheel Can Be Deadly in an Accident
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration states that 10 or more inches is the appropriate
distance between a driver and their steering wheel. Because a steering
wheel airbag can generate a force of nearly two-thousand pounds at speeds
in excess of 200 miles an hour, sitting too close to the steering wheel
and airbag can cause
catastrophic injuries or
death on impact.
To help you stay safe when driving, we have provided a list of tips, which
can be found below:
- Tilt the steering wheel at an angle so that it does not directly face the
head or chest regions of your body.
- Slide the driver’s seat back by adjusting the base of the seat.
- Recline the top portion of the driver’s seat at an angle that keep
the top half of your body away from the steering wheel and airbag.
- Contact a professional to see if you can have pedal adjusters installed
in your vehicle. This can be help short people maintain distance from
the steering wheel and air bag while still being able to reach the control pedals.
Injured in a Car Accident? Strong-Garner-Bauer P.C. Can Help You
At Strong-Garner-Bauer P.C, our Springfield car accident attorneys truly
care about the wellbeing of you and your family. If you have been injured in a
car accident caused by another person’s negligence, contact our team right away.
We can take the time to understand your case and begin formulating a strategy
based on your needs. When you become a client, we will examine your case
and determine whether a driver should be held responsible or if the vehicle
manufacturer should be held liable for defective airbags. No matter what
your case may be, our Springfield car accident lawyers are here for you.
For your free consultation,
contact our firm today! We have been helping people recover maximum compensation since 1976.