A young male passenger wearing a seat belt and sitting in the middle backseat took the brunt of the injuries –including a life-threatening head injury – when the driver of the vehicle he was riding in lost control and spun off the road.
The other two passengers, also wearing their seat belts but placed in the front, experienced minor injuries.
Severe injuries to backseat passengers are nothing new. In fact, a new study confirms that those who sit in the back are more prone to severe injuries during an accident.
In this issue, the Alaska personal injury lawyers with Barber & Associates will talk more about the study.
If you experience injuries from a crash caused by someone else, the Alaska personal injury lawyers with Barber & Associates will fight aggressively on your behalf to secure the justice and financial compensation to which you’re entitled.
Why are backseat passengers more prone to severe injuries?
According to the study, carried out by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and published by CBS News, the absence of airbags coupled with seat belts that have less life-saving features than those in front make it more likely that backseat passengers will be more likely to collide with other parts of the interior of the vehicle.
For the study, researchers focused on 117 head-on crashes that led to serious back seat passenger injuries.
Interestingly, the study concluded that the injuries could have been more survivable if certain safety upgrades were made.
For example, the IIHS suggests automakers explore more sophisticated safety measures for the back seats of vehicles, including airbags that deployed from the ceiling, and force limiters and crash tensioners that cause seat belts to tighten.
If you’re injured by someone else, call the Alaska personal injury lawyers at Barber & Associates.