Have you ever stopped to think about all those
loose items you have lying around in your vehicle? Think, for
instance, especially around the Christmas holiday, about all those
newly purchased presents, such as a VCR, TV, stereo, or bowling ball.
Have you ever thought where those items might end up if your involved
in a collision? Well, you really need to consider it.
In motor vehicle collisions (MVC's), even small
items can become dangerous projectiles. Most people put items in their
backseat, which wouldn't normally seem like a problem. However, during
a collision, those items can become dangers to passengers inside the
vehicle and potentially cause serious bodily injury.
Over the past
several years, we have seen an increase in head injuries, sometimes
fatal, caused by objects flying around the passenger compartment
during a MVC. The weight of a seemingly light object changes
dramatically during a collision due to the forces involved.
Anything loose or not secured in the passenger
compartment…speakers, TV's, briefcases, groceries, and many other
items cause injury by becoming projectiles. During a rollover
accident, loose items in the vehicle go everywhere.
Please, just as we
remember to buckle up our seatbelts, also try to remember to secure
items inside your car and place them in the trunk whenever possible.
If you have an SUV, consider purchasing a screen to place between the
passenger and the luggage compartment or use a cargo net to secure the
If you think it won't happen to you, just remember - that is what the people involved were thinking.