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Car injuries: Not just in traffic. Ouch!

Monday, April 6th, 2009

car-smWhen I think of an accident involving a car, I think of a crash of some kind. Someone changing lanes without looking, someone running a stop sign or red light. But other kinds of accidents can involve cars as well.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 800,000 people every year are injured in “non-moving” accidents involving vehicles.

The most common accidents occur when people are getting in or out of a vehicle. So as you corral yourself and your kids for a trip in the car, be cautious.

Also, to avoid injury, take care as you unload all those groceries, toys, baby bags, strollers, etc. A back, neck, shoulder or knee strain isn’t good for Mom or the family.

If you have little ones, read about car seat safety on the March of Dimes Web site. The American Academy of Family Physicians has tips on how to protect your back when lifting.