Port Charlotte Accident Lawyer: Unbuckled Passengers Also Pose Risks to Driver

by Carmen Dellutri on November 15, 2012

Sarasota car accident lawyerAs Port Charlotte accident lawyers, we know that some passengers still don’t buckle up, particularly when riding in the back seat. Many don’t realize that they are not only putting their own lives at risk, but could also cause serious injuries to the driver in the event of an accident.

As recently detailed by Wink News, the risks of unbuckled passengers are shown in horrific detail in a public service announcement aired in the United Kingdom. The PSA, entitled “Julie,” shows a mother being killed after her unbuckled son strikes her in the head from the force of rear-ending another vehicle.

Of course, these accidents can happen just as easily here in the United States. Lee Memorial trauma surgeon, Doctor Robert O'Connor, has seen firsthand how unbuckled passengers can cause life-threatening injuries.

"A typical pattern of injury we see is the back seat passenger behind either the driver or passenger on a front-end impact, coming through to the front of the car and strike the head of the passengers in the front," he explained. "And they can suffer severe neck injuries, even fractures-- paraplegic and quadriplegia."

We hope this gives Port Charlotte drivers and passengers another reason to buckle up, every time you hit the road.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Port Charlotte accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Port Charlotte injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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