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Berelc Law Firm, P.C. June 10, 2019

Backseat Passengers and Automobile Accidents

Significant disparities exist in the restraint systems of passenger vehicles, making back-seat passengers, even when they are wearing seatbelts, more likely to experience injury and even death than their front-seat counterparts in the event of an automobile accident, according to a new study by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS).

Though safety standards for front-seat occupants have gotten better, back seat-safety has lagged behind. The back-seat passengers for the most part solely rely on a seat belt for safety. Front-seat passengers are protected by other safety equipment such as front-facing airbags, specially designed seat belts, and less so, side-deploying airbags.

In addition to less safety equipment in the back seat, the other main culprit for unsafe riding is a failure to buckle up, a major cause of car accident injuries and death. Back seats, unlike the front seats, do not contain controls to balance the tension and restraint of the seat belt, making them less safe than the front-seat safety belts.

Common Injuries

Passengers in the back seat of a passenger vehicle experience chest, head, and neck injuries from the back-seat safety restraints. Other injuries include:

  • Injuries to the ribs or back

  • Internal organ damage

  • Shoulder injuries

  • Injuries to abdomen

Rideshare Accidents

The IIHS study recommends that better safety restraints and other equipment be added to automobile back seats to make them similar in safety to front-seat passengers. More people than ever, with ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft, are riding passenger vehicles in lieu of public transportation or their own cars, on a daily basis. The automobiles used by the Uber or Lyft drivers contain standard seat belts. The standard passenger automobile was not designed to be used as car service or taxi, so some of the safety mechanisms in a traditional taxi simply do not exist in a regular car.

Have You Been Hurt in An Auto Accident?

If you have been injured in a car accident as a passenger, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical care and treatment, lost wages, and other losses. The Car Accident Lawyers at the Berelc Law Firm, located in Lavonia, Georgia, are here to help. Our Lavonia Car Accident Lawyers help people receive compensation for their physical and economic injuries following a car accident. If the injured person dies as a result of his or her injuries, survivors may be able to pursue wrongful death actions.

Call today to schedule a free appointment. We are available 24/7 to help you. You can also book your appointment online. Ask us about our other practice areas including, personal injury claims, workers’ compensation claims, criminal law cases, and family law matters, including divorce.

The Berelc Law Firm, P.C. is a litigation firm that represents clients throughout north Georgia, including Lavonia, Hartwell, Carnesville, Royston, Elberton, Danielsville, Toccoa, Commerce, Comer, Colbert, Bowman, Clarkesville, Athens, Augusta, Hart County, Franklin County, Stephens County, Elbert County, Banks County, Madison County, Oglethorpe County, Clarke County, Richmond County, and Columbia County.