Nobody gets into their vehicle with the intention of getting into a wreck. Unfortunately, you can’t predict whether you’ll be involved in a crash or not when you travel. Because of this, all drivers and vehicle occupants must ensure they’re being as safe as possible. One of the most important things to remember is that everyone in the vehicle must be properly restrained.
In 2018, there were 636 traffic fatalities involving people who were under 13 years old. Of those, a whopping 191 weren’t restrained at the time of the crash.
One study done in 2019 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that the seatbelt usage rate for all individuals within vehicles is 90.7%. This means that almost 10% of people who are in a vehicle are at risk of suffering an injury in a crash because they’re unrestrained.
Unrestrained passengers aren’t only a danger to themselves. They’re also putting others in the vehicle at risk. If the vehicle is struck, there’s a chance that the unrestrained individual could go flying within the vehicle and hit another person.
These unrestrained passengers aren’t the only danger found within the vehicle if there’s a crash. Items that aren’t secured can also become dangerous projectiles if there’s a crash. For this reason, it’s imperative that anything put in the vehicle be secured. For example, use a seatbelt to hold a purse in place.
Anyone who’s involved in a car wreck is at risk of suffering an injury, but unrestrained passengers and items increase this chance. If a crash is due to the negligence of another driver, the injured parties may opt to pursue a claim for compensation to help cover the financial damages of the wreck.