Motorists underestimate risk of injury at slow speeds

February 4th, 2009 - 11:52 am ICT by IANS  

Munich, Feb 4 (DPA) Motorists tend to underestimate the risk of injury in a low-speed accident and tend to avoid belting up, Germany’s automobile association (ADAC) has warned.Crash tests conducted by the ADAC show that a head-on collision at a speed of 30 km an hour without a seatbelt can cause serious injury to the neck, chest, head and knees.

Even if the driver is belted up and the rear passenger is not, serious injury can be caused when the passenger in the rear seat hits the front seat with great force, the ADAC said.

Belting up, even at low speeds, is an absolute must, the ADAC warned.

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