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Seatbelts may reduce risk of severe liver damage in car accidents

Kentucky drivers or passengers who get in car accidents are at risk of suffering serious injuries that could include a severe liver injury. However, researchers found that people who wore a seat belt were less likely to sustain severe liver injuries.

There has been some controversy surrounding the use of seat belts. While seat belts have been shown to save lives, injuries are still common, particularly in serious car accidents. As a result, some individuals believe that seat belts are harmful and an airbag is enough to protect them from life-threatening injuries. However, this may not be the case. Two of the most common car accident injuries involve the liver and the spleen, which can result in severe bleeding. If an injury to the spleen occurs, it can be removed. The liver, however, cannot be removed as it performs essential functions for life.

Researchers ultimately found that people involved in a car accident were 21 percent less prone to suffer a severe injury to their liver if they were wearing a seat belt. When both a seat belt and an airbag were used, individuals were 26 percent less likely to suffer a severe injury to the liver.

While wearing seat belts can help prevent or reduce the risk of serious injuries, individuals involved in serious motor vehicle accidents are still at risk. If an accident was caused by a negligent or distracted driver, for example, a person could still suffer broken bones, a traumatic brain injury or even seat belt-related injuries, like broken ribs or bruising. A personal injury attorney may gather documentation that demonstrates the full extent of the injuries and the associated damages, which could include medical costs, lost income and pain and suffering. If a settlement cannot be reached with the liable driver's insurance, a lawyer may litigate.

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