Why you Need to Buckle up in the Back Seat of an Uber or Lyft

In 2016 there was a 4.6% increase in the number of motor vehicle fatalities caused by unbelted passengers. The climbing number of deaths caused by the lack of a seatbelt correlates with the results of a survey conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. According to the survey, 28% of respondents reported they don’t always wear a seatbelt in the back of a car.

“According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, in 2015, 4.3 percent of 22,441 fatalities — or 966 deaths — involved unrestrained people in rear seats. And IIHS research finds that unbuckled rear-seat travelers are eight times as likely as buckled rear-seat passengers to be injured or killed in a crash.”-The Chicago Tribune

More and more people find themselves traveling in the backseat of vehicles as ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft have become more popular, yet the most recent data from the Taxi and Limousine Commission of New York City report less than 40% of taxi passengers buckle up.

The truth is in the numbers, failing to buckle up in the back seat of any vehicle, including an Uber, Lyft, or Taxi dramatically increases your risk of sustaining serious injury or death in a car crash. While as a passenger you may not be able to prevent a car crash, you can do everything in your power to prevent becoming seriously injured or dying in the event you are involved in a crash.

If you were seriously hurt in an Uber or Lyft crash contact us today.

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In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

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This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

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