Injury risks for back seat passengers

On Behalf of | Feb 18, 2024 | Firm News

Every year, over a million people are injured in car accidents in the U.S. One thing that is often forgotten is that passengers can be injured as well as drivers. 

Those in the back seat of a vehicle during a crash may be more vulnerable to injuries, and here’s why. 

Lack of airbags 

Airbags are fitted in all modern vehicles and some older models. However, most older models are unlikely to have airbags for back seat passengers. This means that those in the back of a vehicle are more exposed to injuries, particularly to the head and face. Safety mechanisms such as airbags often focus on protecting the driver, while the safety of back seat passengers can be neglected. 

Risks for children 

There are numerous different types of child car seats. Some are rear-facing and others are forward-facing. Generally, it is recommended that child car seats are placed in the back of the car in the center. 

The safety of the child will largely depend on the placement, fit, and quality of the car seat. Safety belts in car seats should not go near the neck of the child or their stomach. 

If you or a loved one has been injured in a road traffic collision, then there are several parties that you may be able to hold to account. Firstly, if the crash was caused by a negligent driver, then they can be held liable. If a child was injured by a faulty car seat then you may also be able to pursue a claim against the seat manufacturer. Seeking further legal guidance will give you a better idea of your options.