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Obese Drivers are more Likely to Die in Car Accidents

Overweight Lead To Personal InjuryAccording to a new research study out of the University of California, Berkeley and the Safe Transportation and Research Education Center, size does matter. Getting behind the wheel of a vehicle could put obese individuals at an 80% higher risk of dying if involved in a car crash.

Given that car crashes are so common throughout the United States, it can be devastating to be involved in an accident like this and try to piece your life back together.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified previously that over one-third of individuals in the United States are obese or overweight, contributing to major medical conditions like sleep apnea, type-2 diabetes, stroke, heart disease and various types of cancer.

Unfortunately, however, scientists at Berkeley have added yet another negative consequence of being overweight. The University explored the fatality analysis reporting system and determined that more than 41,000 collisions happened in their data range.

The team also analyzed previous research that showed that a seatbelt does not do enough to protect obese individuals because the lower body is propelled further than what the seat-belt can help to prevent while engaging the pelvis.

Additional tissue in the abdominal area makes it more difficult for the seatbelt to hold the upper body back. This can lead to catastrophic injuries and even fatalities for someone behind the wheel of a car when an accident happens.

A recent study from the University of Buffalo also identified that obese drivers are less likely than individuals of a normal weight to use seatbelts at all. Crash test dummies are often used in order to analyze safety tools such as restraints like seatbelts.

However, the safety crash dummies are almost always in the size of a typical American, weighing no more than a 172 pounds. This means that the results that they indicate in their various crash studies may not be in line with the actual people who are being injured in accidents.

Two other major results were identified in the study including that those male drivers who are underweight are more likely to suffer fatal injuries in an accident than a man of an average weight.

Obese women also have higher risks of being critically injured because obese women have double the risk of dying as a result of a car accident. Unfortunately, far too many car accidents happen as a result of someone else's negligence or carelessness.

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If this describes an accident in which you have recently sustained injuries, you may be entitled to file for compensation. There are limited windows of time in which you can file a lawsuit in order to recover compensation. Waiting too long or falling for the myth that your injuries are not that severe could compromise your ability to ever file a claim.

Even in the event that you are not yet sure that you want to file a personal injury claim, consulting with an experienced attorney is strongly recommended as this can allow you to evaluate all of your rights in full and determine the most appropriate course of action.

A car accident can have devastating repercussions for your life, particularly if you are not aware of the full range of your injuries until days, weeks or months after the accident.

One great example of injuries that people frequently sustain in vehicle accidents are whiplash and traumatic brain injuries. These can be very difficult to treat and are not as well understood by the medical community as other types of common injuries.

For these reasons, a victim may continue to suffer chronic pain for many years after the accident happens. This can have a significant impact on your ability to go to work and carry out day to day activities.

Get Help from Florida Car Accident Attorney Today

This is why personal injury law allows victims of someone else's negligence to move forward with a personal injury claim to recover compensation.

It is never easy to put your life back together after an accident, but consulting with a Miami car accident lawyer can help you evaluate your rights and determine what's most appropriate for you and your case.


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