When it comes to driving safely, you probably don’t think about the
position of your seat. It’s no secret the majority of
automobile accidents and injuries are the result of dangerous
driving habits like texting, speeding, and
driving under the influence. However, the distance from your steering wheel can play an important
role in driver safety. This is especially important when you consider
the strength and sensitivity of steering wheel airbags.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration along with the Insurance
Institute for Highway Safety state that a distance of 10 or more inches
from the steering wheel is safe. This is due to the power and impact that
an airbag can produce. Research states that on average, a steering wheel
airbag generates a force of nearly 2,000 pounds and expands at roughly
200 miles per hour. This means drivers sitting too close to the steering
wheel are at extreme risk for severe and detrimental injuries.
To help drivers maintain a safe distance between themselves and the steering
wheel, we have compiled a list of helpful tips to get you driving comfortably
- Push the seat back
- Tilt the steering wheel down to avoid impact to the face or chest
- Use a telescoping steering when to move it away from your chest (If possible)
- Have pedal adjusters installed
- Recline the top part of the seat back while maintaining current distance
- Use power adjustable pedals (If possible)
Many car companies have started designing power adjustable pedals that
can give drivers an extra three inches of pedal length. This means drivers
with short legs or height can adjust the gas, brake, and clutch pedals
without having to move their seats closer to the front of the car.
Biren Law Group Cares
At Biren Law Group, our Los Angeles car accident attorneys genuinely care
about your safety. We understand that driving is a natural and necessary
part of nearly every person’s life. For this reason, we hope that
you practice safe driving habits and conditions in order to prevent unnecessary harms.
If you have been severely injured by an airbag, call out Los Angeles car
accident lawyers today. We may be able to help you recover financial compensation
for medical expenses, lost wages, and emotional distresses. When building
your case, we will be able to determine whether another driver caused
your injuries or if the vehicle manufacturer should be held liable.
Get the representation you deserve.
Call us today!