Posted On: January 4, 2012

Seatbelts Reduce Injuries for Back Seat Passengers in Car Accidents

As personal injury attorneys helping injured victims of car accidents throughout the State of Florida, we always advocate the increased use of seat belts, particularly for rear seat passengers.

Now the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety confirms that rear seat passengers in cars using shoulder belts reduces the likelihood of a fatality by almost 50 percent. Incredibly, for those rear seat passengers in vans and suvs that risk of wrongful death drops by more than seventy percent.

Thankfully many states are now requiring rear seat passengers to be secured with such life saving seat belts. In fact, Illinois just became the 30th such state to require seat belt use for all rear seat passengers. We can only hope that the Florida Legislature will follow suit and require everyone on our roadways to take the necessary precaution to save lives.