If your windows are rolled up when you’re in a crash, you’re protected against debris and less likely to have injuries from your limbs being pinched or penetrating objects entering the window. However, windows also pose a hazard to people in your situation. Depending on the angle at which you’re hit, you could hit your head on the window and suffer serious injuries as a result.
If the windows are down, there is a risk that you could be thrown from the vehicle, have crushing injuries or be exposed to penetrating objects like sticks or glass.
Side-impact crashes are problematic, because they often result on people’s bodies absorbing more force than in other collision types. The reason for this is that there are not as many protections when hit from the side. There is no significant crumple zone, and there may or may not be side-impact airbags to help reduce the impact.
Vehicle, body and organ impacts all make a difference in your injuries
You should know that there are three kinds of impacts to worry about in a crash.
The first is the vehicle’s impact into a tree, railing or other vehicle.
Next, there is the bodily impact, which is when your body hits a part of the vehicle, like the window or steering wheel.
Last, there is a risk of organ impact. This happens when your organs come into contact with supporting structures. For instance, if you hit your head, the brain may be directly impacted. If your belt cuts into you, your liver or spleen might be affected.
Despite the risks, it may be safer to have your windows up in a crash to prevent debris from entering or you from being thrown from the vehicle. Wearing your seat belt properly, driving at a safe speed and properly maintaining your vehicle can all help you stay safer in the case that a crash does occur, but these acute injuries are all still possible.
Victims deserve support after serious collisions
No matter what kind of car crash you’re in, you need to know that you have a right to seek compensation for what you’ve been through. The injuries that you suffer from after a crash are largely avoidable if drivers just take driving more seriously. You have a right to old others responsible for the actions that led to your injuries.