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Riding in the back may not be as safe as people think

Historically, the back of a car has been seen as safer than the front of a car to ride in. However, advances in car safety technology have largely focused on those who sit in the front. This is partially because it is easier to design features when those who sit in the driver and passenger seat are typically adults. Conversely, those who sit in the back may be adults or children.

In some cases, individuals may allow a pet to sit in the rear of the vehicle or use that space for their luggage. Research has shown that passengers are less likely to use a safety belt when they ride in the back of a vehicle. A study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that roughly 75% of those who sit in a rear seat buckle up. This is compared to 90% of individuals who ride in the front.

Safety belt usage rates also tend to be lower when a person rides in the back of an Uber or Lyft vehicle. Women were more likely than men to wear a seat belt according to the NHTSA study. A representative from the Center for Auto Safety said that manufacturers should do more to make the rear of a car safer. This could include the use rear seat belt warning lights and the use of stronger materials.

A car wreck can happen without warning, resulting in bodily injury and property damage. Those who are the victims of a crash caused by another party's negligence may be reimbursed for medical bills or lost wages. They might also be reimbursed for the cost of any property lost or damaged in a crash. This may occur as the result of a settlement or jury award.

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