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What's in your car? Could it be deadly in an accident?

Getting into a car accident is dangerous enough when an impact occurs, but what about the items inside your vehicle? Some things that you may have in your vehicle could be dangerous or even deadly in an accident. While you can claim against another driver if he hits you, preventing injuries is just as important.

According to paramedic and Safekids Coalition for Children's Hospital's coordinator, everyday items that you're likely to find in your vehicle can be dangerous projectiles when you get into an accident. Sunglasses, groceries, and other items can be thrown from side to side, causing additional strikes to you and your passengers.

For instance, if you have sporting equipment in the back of your vehicle when you're in a crash, that equipment could be thrown into the back of your head. You could suffer a traumatic brain injury, epidural head bleeds, or other trauma from that impact.

To avoid secondary injuries in a crash caused by your own items, it's best to make sure everything is secured. Either tie down items that are in your back seat or opt to keep anything extra in the trunk. This keeps the items away from you and protected in a crash, too.

It's not just items that can cause more harm; your pets and family members can, too. Remember that properly restraining your pets and loved ones will prevent more harm coming to them in an accident. Pets now have harnesses that can be attached to seat belts, and children or adults should have some kind of seat belt, harness, or car seat in use at all times.

Source: Fox 21 News, "Harmless junk or dangerous projectile? What’s in your car?," Abbie Burke, April 07, 2016

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