If you’re in a car accident in Illinois, you may have to worry about more than just the other car. There’s also a good chance that some of the items in your car could turn into dangerous and potentially deadly projectiles during the wreck. If these strike you, they could do as much damage as anything else. This is especially true since you have your car’s safety features — airbags, seat belts and more — working for you, but nothing is there to protect you from whatever you put in your car.
In fact, it’s been determined that items in the vehicle could strike at about 30 times the amount that they weigh. When looking at the data from 2001, it shows that 13,000 Americans were injured in this way in that year alone.
Common items that could fly and injure you include cellphones, computers, tablets, children’s toys, metal travel mugs and things of this nature. The danger only goes up if you’re driving a work truck or some similar vehicle that could be carrying hammers, nails, crowbars, saws, pipe wrenches and other hand tools and materials for the job site.
Lightweight items may not be much of a problem. Something like a box of tissues isn’t going to cause a serious injury. However, anything that has substantial weight could become a missile during a wreck, and your injuries could be quite serious indeed.
If this happens to you, take a moment to look into your rights to compensation for your injuries, which could still come from the other driver, no matter how you were injured.
Source: Discovery, “Killer Tissue Box,” accessed July 15, 2015