Do You Buckle Up in the Back of an Uber?
If not, you might become a human missile in an accident.
Hopping in an Uber or Lyft has become a common occurrence for most people these days. While most drivers and passengers are careful to put on their seatbelt in the front seats of a car, nearly 3/4 of adults report that they do not put on a seatbelt in the back seat of an Uber, Lyft, or other ride-sharing vehicles, as reported by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
A majority of people share the false idea that riding in the back seat is somehow safer than riding in the front. This idea, however, could not be farther from the truth. Federal crash statistics show that passengers in the back seat are 3 times more likely to die in a car crash if they aren't wearing a seatbelt.
An unbuckled back seat passenger can become a human missile in a car accident and hurt others in the car. The crash test video below (posted by DPCars) shows an unbuckled crash test dummy in the back slamming into the back of the driver's seat, pushing the driver dummy into the deployed airbag and steering wheel.
Drivers are also twice as likely to die in a car accident when the back seat passengers are unbuckled. At Bovo Law, we’ve seen too many of these unfortunate injuries and deaths from unbuckled rear seat passengers. If you or someone you love was injured, do not hesitate to contact us for help.
Drivers, when you buckle up, don’t forget to remind all of your passengers to buckle up too! And passengers, remember: No seat is safer than another, so always wear your seatbelt no matter where you’re sitting or how short the ride may be.