Thankfully, a great majority of car accidents end only with property damage done to the vehicles and no injuries. Unfortunately, when injuries do occur, they can interfere with life and become expensive. The most common types of injuries sustained in car accidents are soft tissue injuries, which affects the ligaments and tendons. Whiplash, a common car accident injury, is a kind of soft tissue injury. Scrapes and lacerations are also common injuries. Head injuries, chest injuries, and arm and leg injuries are also very common in car accidents.
However, Under the Georgia Sun reports that something people might not consider is leading to eye injuries: the side-view mirror. Within three months, three patients came into Grady Memorial Hospital with the same kind of devastating eye injuries. All three reported similar circumstances to their injuries.
Each man had been driving with the car’s passenger window down when involved in a crash. The crash shattered the rear-facing side-view mirror, sending glass fragments flying into his face.
This spate of similar injuries made Grady eye surgeon Dr. Yourself Khalifa to look deeper at the issue as a matter of safety. He wrote a paper on the cases, which was then published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Ophthalmology.
Glass in windshields and passenger windows is shatter-resistant. However, the glass in side-view mirrors is not.
All three men had to have eye surgery to repair the damage done to the eye. Each suffered from varying degrees of vision loss.
The answer, according to Khalifa, is to make side-view mirror glass shatter-resistant. Applying a safety film, similar to the kind used on smartphones and tablets, can be done to older vehicles to make the glass safer.
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