Passenger safety too often takes a backseat in discussions about road safety. At Flaxman Law Group, we recognize the importance of passenger safety and the need to raise awareness about the measures that can be taken to protect passengers in the event of a car accident. We also regularly represent passengers who have been injured in car collisions, so if you’re injured you can always reach out to the Miami, Homestead, or Hollywood offices of Flaxman Law Group for a free consultation with a Florida car collision claims lawyer.
Buckling Up: A Simple Action with a Significant Impact
Wearing seat belts remains one of the simplest and most effective ways to enhance passenger safety. Seat belts are designed to restrain passengers during sudden stops or collisions, preventing them from being ejected from the vehicle. Passengers of all ages should make it a habit to buckle up, regardless of their seating position in the car. It’s the law and it’s one of the best ways to ensure passenger safety.
Child Passenger Safety
Children have unique safety requirements that deserve special attention. Properly installed car seats, booster seats, and seat belts designed for their age and size are essential to prevent injuries during accidents. Parents and caregivers should be aware of the appropriate child restraint systems for different age groups and always adhere to the guidelines.
Front Seat and Airbag Safety
Airbags are a vital safety feature designed to reduce the risk of injury during a collision. Passengers in the front seat should be seated with their seat belts fastened properly, and they should be cautious of sitting too close to the airbag compartment. Children under a certain age and size should not sit in the front seat with an active airbag. Always read the car’s manual to understand airbag safety rules.
Properly Stowing Belongings
Loose objects within the vehicle can become hazardous projectiles during sudden stops or accidents. Passengers should ensure that all belongings are securely stowed, minimizing the risk of objects becoming airborne and causing injuries.
Your Rights as a Passenger
In the unfortunate event of a car accident, passengers have rights to seek compensation for injuries sustained due to driver negligence. Unfortunately, this can quickly become a challenging situation. Passengers may be friends or family members of the driver and may be reluctant to file a claim. In addition, the diver may have chosen a different insurance policy than the passenger has on their own vehicle.
The reality is that being injured as a passenger in a car collision can result in some of the same serious injuries that can happen when you’re the driver. Occupants of cars can face:
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Internal injuries
- Back and spinal injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Head injuries
These injuries can result in weeks or months of missed work and income as well as significant medical bills. Trying to cope with the costs yourself, without seeking the compensation you may be entitled to under Florida’s laws, can create significant financial distress for you for years to come.
Flaxman Law Group is a family law firm with more than 60 years of combined experience. We understand how difficult passenger injury claims can be and we work to remove the burden from you. Our team of Florida car accident claims attorneys can explain your legal options and can guide you through the claims process. We’ll even take care of negotiation with insurance companies for you, so you can focus on rebuilding your life after a serious injury.
If you’ve been involved in a car accident as a passenger, contact Flaxman Law Group at 866-352-9626 today to take the first step to ensure your rights are protected, and you receive the compensation you deserve. If you’ve been injured, our law offices in Miami, Homestead, and Hollywood would be pleased to set up a free consultation so you can discuss your situation with a Florida car accident claims lawyer.