In the age of social media, valuable advice can come from the most unexpected sources. Recently, a personal injury attorney named Adrianos Facchetti took to TikTok to share a potentially life-saving driving tip that has since gone viral.
Facchetti, who is based in Los Angeles and founded the Law Offices of Adrianos Facchetti in 2006, used his legal expertise and experience in personal injury cases to offer a simple yet crucial piece of advice to drivers.
He urged them to maintain a distance of at least 10 inches from the steering wheel while driving. This seemingly minor adjustment, he explained, could be the difference between a major or minor injury in the event of an accident.
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The attorney’s video message was clear and direct: “Stop sitting so damn close to the steering wheel.” He went on to explain that many drivers, in their daily routine of plugging in their phones or adjusting their mirrors, overlook this critical safety measure.
Facchetti highlighted the potential dangers of sitting too close to the steering wheel. He pointed out that airbags inflate at a staggering speed of 200 miles per hour and can produce up to 2,000 pounds of force.
If a driver is seated too close to the steering wheel during an accident, the force of the airbag can cause serious injuries. Additionally, the proximity to the windshield could lead to cuts from shattered glass, and the steering wheel itself could trap the driver if the front of the car collapses.
To mitigate these risks, Facchetti offered two straightforward solutions. First, drivers should ensure they are at least 10 inches away from the steering wheel. Second, they should adjust the steering wheel to face downwards, which can minimize the impact on the chest and face in case of an accident.
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However, some viewers raised concerns about their height, arguing that they have no choice but to sit close to the wheel. Facchetti’s advice sparked a debate about the responsibility of car manufacturers to address this issue and make vehicles more adaptable for shorter people.
The importance of Facchetti’s advice is underscored by the alarming statistics on fatal motor vehicle crashes.
According to an analysis by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there were 39,508 fatal motor vehicle crashes in the United States in 2021, resulting in 42,939 deaths. This equates to 12.9 deaths per 100,000 people and 1.37 deaths per 100 million miles traveled.
While we cannot control all aspects of driving safety, we can certainly take steps to protect ourselves better. As Facchetti’s viral TikTok video demonstrates, sometimes, a simple adjustment can make a significant difference.