Its a common belief that the back seat is the safest place during an automobile accident. However, a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has indicated that this may not be true.
One reason for this is because back seats haven’t kept pace with front seats for advancements in accident safety.
In vehicles made after 2006, back seat passengers have a 46 percent greater chance of dying in a crash than front seat passengers. This holds true even when they wear a seatbelt. Its not that rear seats have become less safe. Instead, experts claim that front seats have become safer.
It is not surprising that car safety technology has been geared to front seat passengers. The drivers seat is always occupied, and when there is a passenger, he/she will usually ride in front. Thus in recent years, the automotive industry has directed more attention to the front seat passengers.
However, this report doesn’t claim that children are better off riding shotgun. It is still recommended that all children under the age of 13 should ride in the rear seat. These seats are considered safer for young passengers, especially for children under the age of nine.
If you are injured as a result of a auto accident, you will likely have a lot on your mind. In addition to the added emotional turmoil and stress following a car crash, it may take months or years to recover from your injuries. You may also need to fix damage to your vehicle or have it replaced, work with insurance companies, and deal with other unique issues.
An experienced car accident lawyer can help you deal with the process of your claim and reduce your stress in the process.
When Should you Consult a Car Accident Attorney?
Following a vehicle accident you should seek necessary medical care right away. In most Pennsylvania collisions, auto insurance coverage known as Personal Injury Protection or “PIP” coverage will be responsible for payment of medical bills caused by the car crash up to a certain amount.
In addition to PIP coverage, Pennsylvania law requires that all motorists carry a minimum amount of liability insurance to cover damages arising from auto accidents. This insurance is here to compensate victims for their injuries and damages caused by negligent drivers. Don’t be a victim twice. If you are seriously hurt by a negligent driver you should hold them accountable and assert a claim for damages caused by the collision.
After getting needed medical treatment, you should not wait to consult with an personal injury lawyer concerning your legal rights. Upon representation, attorney Brent Wieand will handle all aspects of your claim including investigation, dealing with insurance companies, filing necessary legal documents.
For a free and no obligation initial legal consultation call attorney Brent Wieand at 1(800)481-5206. Attorney Wieand represents personal injury clients through a contingency fee agreement. This means that you won’t owe attorneys fees or costs unless he recovers money for you through an award or settlement.
Disclaimer: This article is NOT legal advice. You should always speak with a lawyer concerning questions you may have about a car accident or personal injuries. Attorney Brent Wieand is an experienced car accident attorney in Philadelphia, who is available to answer questions you may have.