According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), not enough is being done to protect passengers who sit in rear seats. This can be especially problematic for those in Georgia who use Uber or Lyft to get around as they are less likely to wear a seat belt. There have been ways in which seat belts technology has improved for those sitting in the front of a vehicle.
For example, they are designed to tighten around a person's body during a collision and to work with a vehicle's air bags. In many cases, the front of a vehicle gets more attention because of who tends to occupy that space. Typically, adults sit in the front seats, and they tend to have a similar range of body types. Those who sit in the back seats could be adults, teenagers or small children.
Furthermore, it is possible that animals or equipment will occupy the back of the car instead of a person. As people tend to believe that back seats are safer than front seats, it is less likely that someone will use their seat belts when sitting in the rear of the vehicle. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) is teaming up with Uber during the 2019 summer season to make people aware of the dangers of not using their seat belts.
Those who are involved in car accidents may suffer significant injuries, and the risk of an injury may increase by not wearing a safety belt. Failure to wear a safety belt may be considered negligence on a victim's part. However, those who are injured in an accident caused by another person may still be entitled to compensation for medical bills and other costs. An attorney may help personal injury victims obtain this compensation.