The Importance of Passenger Occupant Safety

Passenger occupant safety needs to be a top priority for all motorists. Whether you’re a driver or a passenger, protecting yourself in the event of a crash is absolutely critical. When you get behind the wheel, you’re not just responsible for your own safety. You’re now responsible for the safety of your passengers too. Your passenger occupants are counting on you to get them where they’re going safely and securely. In addition to safe-driving habits, you should always insist that passengers buckle up, even if it’s just a short trip.

Just the Facts: Passenger Occupant Safety

• In 2012, 21,667 passenger occupants were killed in motor vehicle crashes.
• Of those 21,667 passengers killed, only 9,679 were properly restrained.
• In 2012, 63 percent of passengers, ages 21 to 24 years old, were not restrained.
• The second highest age group for unrestrained passenger occupant fatalities was 25 to 34-year-olds.
• 31 percent of passenger vehicle occupant fatalities among children under the age of four were unrestrained.

Buckle Up!

Of course, the best way to protect yourself and your passenger occupants is to buckle up. Properly wearing a seatbelt is the single most effective way to improve your safety in the event of a crash. Always insist on your passengers buckling up too. It’s your duty to drive safely, and everybody in the car should be buckled up.

Children as Passenger Occupants

There’s no reason why any child should be unrestrained in the event of a crash. Parents, baby sitters and caregivers need to make sure they’re using the correct age and size appropriate seat for younger children. Check with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for up-to-date information on sizing guidelines for age and size appropriate child safety seats.

When Passenger Occupants Get Injured

In many cases, the driver can be held liable when passenger occupants get injured in crashes. Motorists should never engage in dangerous behaviors like texting while driving or impaired driving. Sometimes, it’s just not enough to buckle up. Severe car accidents can leave drivers and passenger occupants in the hospital and out of work. If you or a loved one has been injured due to an unsafe driver, contact the experienced team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1-877-231-9970 for a free consultation today.

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