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8/4/2014 - Kidney Injuries Prevented with Seatbelt, Airbag Use

Experts say that buckling up is one way to prevent kidney damage from car accidents

While crash safety devices have been proven to protect motorists from serious harm to their head and neck, new analysis indicates they may be similarly preventive when it comes to shielding the body from internal injuries.

Airbags and seat belts help to lower the risk of experiencing kidney damage after being involved in a collision while driving. These findings were recently presented at the 109th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Urological Association in Orlando, Florida.

Researchers were able to come to this conclusion after examining data from people who were involved in crashes in which they sustained renal trauma. In those collisions where airbags and seatbelts were both used, there was a 23% lower rate of high-grade renal injury. Meanwhile, for individuals where either one or neither protective devices were employed, the chances of renal injury was more than 47% higher.

"Motor vehicle accidents can cause a variety of serious personal injuries, including high-grade renal trauma," said Jack McAninch, M.D.,  professor of urology at the University of California, San Francisco, one of the study's lead investigators. "These data clearly demonstrate occupants who wear seat belts and whose airbags deploy during an accident have less of a chance of suffering high-grade renal injury or the need for a nephrectomy as compared to those who do not wear a seatbelt or have an airbag."

He added that this serves as the latest example for why safety systems are so important and come standard in today's automobiles.

A substantial number of vehicles have been recalled this year due to safety issues. The Associated Press reported that the last time there were this many was in 2004.

For more information on auto insurance and recalls, talk to a local Selective agent.

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