Drive Safely – Apollo Physical Therapy Centre

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Residents of Ottawa maybe familiar with reading headlines like “there were over 15,000 collisions on the roads of Ottawa in 2011 with more 3,600 people seriously injured” according to the Ottawa Annual safety reports.

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Drive Safely – Apollo Physical Therapy Centre Residents of Ottawa maybe familiar with reading headlines like “there were over 15000 collisions on the roads of Ottawa in 2011 with more 3600 people seriously injured” according to the Ottawa Annual safety reports. This is more than just a headline however it is a stark reminder to drive safely because likes it or not a car crash is an unforgiving affair that claims thousands of lives. Also in the same report there were over 9000 red light camera violations in the same year. Now let us depart from the traditional practice of merely stating more safety figures in our city to considering different car crashes and the injuries they inflict with the aim of encouraging to driving safely. The hard truth: People are soft and cars are hard When you’re next in the driver’s seat think about the possible aftermath of a head collision with the steering wheel windscreen or the dashboard. Researchers at Monash University’s Accident Research Centre in Melbourne have looked at over 390 road crashes in fine detail and while they’ve still got a lot more work to do they have come up with some interesting facts and figures. Below is a summary of some of their work.

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Types of Crashes Front-on crashes The severely injured crash victim wearing a seat belt typically hits the steering wheel and instrument panel causing chest and lower limb injuries. The study shows that injuries are far worse for those not wearing seatbelts leading to severe head and facial injuries. Side-on crashes Side-on crashes can cause serious injuries at relatively low speeds an impact at 30 km/h can cause severe injuries. Impact with door panel left people sitting by the door of the vehicle with severe injuries to the chest followed by the lower extremities head and abdomen/pelvis this means the contents of the pelvis – your insides For people on the non-door side collision with the driver or person sitting next to them resulted in severe injuries were most commonly suffered to the head followed by the chest. Multiple impacts and rollovers Rollovers most commonly caused severe injuries to the upper extremities followed by the chest. Head and face injuries were also common. In multiple-impact crashes the most severely injured people commonly had upper hands arms and shoulders and lower extremity injuries followed by chest abdomen/pelvis and head and face injuries. The Bottom Line People injured in road crashes often end up in hospital with a lengthy rehabilitation ahead of them. Fortunately there are several excellent accident rehabilitation centers in Ottawa that have successfully treated accident victims. Sadly some don’t fully recover and others don’t survive. The truth is most crashes can be completely avoided with safe driving.

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Get In Touch Apollo Physical Therapy Centres Apollo South 2310 St Laurent Blvd. UNIT 106 Ottawa Ontario K1G 5H9 Canada Phone No: 613.248.0800 Fax No: 613.248.8543 Website: http://www.ottawaphysio.clinic/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ApolloPTC/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/apolloPTC LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/apollo-physical-therapy-centres

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