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.