I have some wonderful suggestions on how you and your family can reduce injury if, God forbid, you are involved in a car crash. These suggestions come from Dr. Lawrence Nordhoff, Jr., an accident reconstruction expert and the author of various books on vehicle collisions.
As you will note from his suggestions, many of Dr. Nordhoff’s suggestions deal with how to prevent whiplash or “flexion-extension injures” to the neck. Even a modest impact can cause your body (and head) to be thrown forward. Your body is jerked to a stop by the seat belt and shoulder harness, but your head keeps rotating forward and down until your chin hits your chest. It then flies backwards until stopped by the headrest.
Riding “gangsta” with your seat back, reclined at an extreme angle is dangerous. It places your head so far from the headrest as you bend your neck forward to see out the windshield, that if you are rear-ended, your head has a long way to fly (and pick up speed) before it slams into the headrest. Dr. Nordhoff says the average person will be an accident every ten years. As you get older and have more accidents, it is even more important to do what we can to minimize the possibility of permanent injury.