Are You Overweight? What You Need to Know About Car Accidents

Are You Overweight? What You Need to Know About Car Accidents

Many Americans have some weight to lose and many overweight Americans understand the health risks associated with being overweight. However, do you also know that the extra weight could be dangerous if you are in a Pennsylvania car crash?

Specifically You May be at Greater Risk of Injury

A recent study published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine found that motorists who are overweight or obese may be at increased risk for suffering serious car accident injuries or fatalities. One reason for the increased risk may be that crash tests are conducted with dummies who are at average or just above average weight. Thus, airbags, seat belts and other safety features may not work as well for people who are significantly overweight or obese.

You May Recover for Your Damages

While you may suffer more significant injuries in a car wreck, you should not have to pay for those injuries. A negligent driver must pay for the injuries that you suffer and not the injuries that would have been incurred by an “average” person. That means that you and your injury attorney should fight for your fair and just recovery of the actual damages that you suffered in your Pennsylvania car crash.

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