Wheelchairs in Auto Accidents
I’m Ed Smith, a Car Accident Lawyer in Sacramento. Americans with disabilities have made some legislative advancement in recent years. Among their accomplishments has been an increase in the awareness regarding people with disabilities. Many vehicles are now accessible to wheelchairs. Unfortunately, wheelchairs are often not strapped down properly in cars. If an accident happens, this can lead to severe injuries.
For the average person riding in a car, there are safety measures in place. Seatbelts help restrain them from flying out of their seat. Airbags can cushion an impact between a passenger and the inside of a car. According to statistics from Airbag Physics, using a seatbelt provides a reduction of 30 percent in the number of severe head injuries. Furthermore, using both a belt and an airbag can reduce the frequency of serious head injuries by up to 85 percent. These numbers are compared to drivers who use no seatbelt or airbag. For someone in a wheelchair, many of these prevention devices don’t function the same way. If the chair isn’t strapped to the floor, it could be tossed throughout the vehicle in the event of an auto accident. When this happens, someone in a wheelchair could sustain serious injuries.