How safe are backseat car passengers?

On Behalf of | Nov 17, 2017 | car accidents

Many people in the Litchfield area choose their vehicles based on appearance, safety and affordability. While they are shopping for the ideal vehicle for their situation, they may not realize they should also take into consideration how safe the backseat of their vehicles is for their passengers. According to CBS News, the backseat is not the safest place for adult passengers. Younger rear seat occupants have a lower safety risk.

Throughout the years, car makers have made many design improvements and advances in technology to make safer vehicles. These measures have improved car accident injury and fatality rates for front seat occupants tremendously. There is still room for improvement for backseat vehicle occupants. Not all vehicles are designed with rear passenger safety in mind. Older vehicles have fewer safety features and are more likely to have defects that increase the risk of injury. 

Ways to improve rear seat passenger safety 

To reduce the risk of harm rear seat passengers face when riding in cars, they should do more than wear their seatbelts. Children under the age of twelve should sit in age and weight appropriate car/booster seats. Young kids who are two years old and younger should remain in rear-facing seats until they are older. Drivers should establish rules in their vehicles for all occupants to follow. 

Back seat passengers should avoid horseplay. They should also avoid doing things that are distracting to drivers and front seat passengers. Drivers should encourage their kids to read, listen to music, watch movies and use mobile devices to keep from becoming bored during long road trips. Drivers should drive safely, defensively and follow all traffic rules. 

When purchasing vehicles, motorists should consider all safety data. They should make safety ratings a bigger priority to avoid the heartache and expense that car accidents, injuries and fatalities can bring.