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Is it safe to ride in a larger vehicle?

On Behalf of | Jul 28, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

It isn’t uncommon for larger vehicles to have multiple rows of seats that can accommodate up to seven passengers. However, there is some debate as to what might happen to a person sitting in the third row in the event of a rear-end collision. This is largely because current safety tests are focused on what happens to those sitting in the third row after a frontal collision.

There are steps that you can take to minimize potential crash injuries

It’s always a good idea to wear a safety belt. In the event of a collision, it can reduce your chances of being ejected from the car. Furthermore, it can also reduce your chances of making impact with front seats, the ceiling or other hard surfaces within the vehicle. The way that you sit may also determine the severity of any crash injuries that you incur. For instance, keeping your feet off of the seat in front of yours could reduce the risk of breaking facial, pelvic or other bones.

Children should almost always be in booster seats

Young children should be in booster seats as they are likely too small for existing safety belts. It’s also important to make sure that the seat is properly installed and that your child is properly restrained while using it.

Stay alert when driving

If you notice that another vehicle is following too closely behind yours, it may be a good idea to change lanes and let that car pass. This may also be a good idea if the vehicle behind yours is honking its horn, is shining its lights into your rear mirror or is taking other aggressive actions. Allowing the other car to pass may reduce the chances of a motor vehicle accident taking place.

If you are involved in a car crash caused by another motorist, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. A financial award may help you pay medical bills, recoup lost wages or cover the cost of replacing your vehicle.