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Learn how your head rest helps you and your family stay safe on Wichita roads

Head restraints, also known as head rests, are a feature that is designed to restrict head movement in a rear-impact collision. This reduces the distance of movement in the neck and shoulder area. However, most Kansans are not aware of how to properly set their head restraints to prevent injury. In fact, having head rests set improperly can result in worse injury.

When involved in a rear-end collision, occupants of the car can resemble a bobble-head. The force of the impact will cause your head to jerk back and forth, often resulting in whiplash. If the head restraint is set properly, it can reduce or even prevent a whiplash injury. However, if the headrest is not positioned correctly to work the way it is designed, it can be ineffective and can even contribute to worse whiplash.

So how do you minimize the risk of a whiplash and use the head restraint as designed? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that restraints are effective when the top of the head rest is set between the top of your ears and the top of your head. If it is possible to adjust your headrest horizontally, it should be as close to your head as possible, without pushing your head forward.

It’s also important to note that position of your seatback also plays a large role in whiplash. Having a more upright seatback puts the head rest in a closer position to your head, which is safer.

So before you head off to work at Boeing or drop your kids off at Lawrence Elementary, make sure all passengers have the head restraint set at the proper height to minimize the risk of whiplash and other injury. When you are looking to purchase a new vehicle at Rusty Eck Ford or Scholfield Honda, give some thought to what vehicles have head restraints that offer the safest adjustments.

If you have had a Kansas car wreck injury that was not your fault and need medical treatment, you need an experienced professional who can help you get back on the road to recovery. Call us today at 316-269-1414 or visit our contact page here. Our Kansas personal injury attorneys will provide you a free initial consultation and if we take your case you don’t pay a dime unless we recover money for you. Even then we only take a percentage of the total amount of your recovery.

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