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Avoiding a Pelvic Fracture During a Car Wreck

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You, your husband, and your two little girls were on your way home from seeing a movie at Royal when all of a sudden an SUV runs the light on Peyton and barrels straight into you. Once the car stopped spinning, you were thankful to see that you, your husband, and your eldest daughter weren’t that seriously injured. However, as you turned around to check your youngest daughter, you saw that her lap was covered in blood and she was crying hysterically.

It didn’t take long for the emergency vehicles to arrive, and for her to be rushed to Valley Health. However, the entire time in the ambulance, all the way until she was wheeled back into surgery, she kept squeezing your hand, crying, and screaming that her hips felt like they were on fire.

After several hours of examinations and surgery, the doctor informed you that she had sustained severe pelvic bruising and several small fractures, most likely due to her seat belt or how she was sitting.

You can’t believe it. She had her seat belt on for her own protection! What else could you have done to have prevented your baby girl from suffering so much?

Pelvic Protection Precautions

The National Highway and Safety Administration calculates that nearly 28 percent of all car collisions result in pelvic fractures. Recent studies suggest that a whopping 15 percent of fatal car accident victims show signs of pelvic fractures, and 85 percent of them died within five hours of the accident as a result of their injuries.

Since pelvic fractures are so dangerously prevalent in car accident situations, you need to be able to take proper precautions to protect yourself, your family and your pelvis from potential harm. Thankfully, there are a few simple steps you can take to decrease your odds of a fatal pelvic fracture.

  • Put your seat back. The more distance you have between your pelvis and the dashboard, the less likely you are to suffer catastrophic injury. Try to maintain at least five inches between your abdomen and the steering column while driving, and at least a two-foot separation with the dashboard when riding as a passenger.
     
  • Use your seat belt properly. Many fractures occur as a result of the victim’s seat belt putting too much pressure and essentially crushing the abdomen and pelvic bone. In order to even out the force, make sure you always use the shoulder restraint and keep the lap restraint tightly fitted over your hips, not your abdomen.
     
  • Sit properly. Twisting, slouching, having your feet elevated, or contorting your body during an accident can increase your chances of stress fractures, breaks. and strains. Remember to always sit upright, with both feet on the floor.

Pelvic fractures can be extremely painful and even fatal depending on the severity of the collision and injury. Fortunately, you can help prevent potential suffering by following proper protection protocols, and teaching them to your family. Don’t intentionally risk the excruciating pain of a fracture when you can easily help prevent one.

We feel that safety is the most important thing for a family, and as potential clients, you are our family. Help us spread the word about pelvic fracture protection by sharing this page on Facebook and Twitter. We can help lower pelvic fracture injuries, one post at a time. Please share.

Need more information about pelvic fractures or car accident injury claims? Contact us today for a free consultation. We’re here to help you!

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