Study Shows That Rear-Facing Car Seats Are Helpful in Rear End Accidents

Posted on : April 20, 2018

A new study completed by Ohio State University found that the long-touted benefits of rear-facing car seats may be completely accurate. Many researchers and safety experts recommend rear-facing car seats for children and toddlers and a new study found that these car seats are the safest for children up to a maximum of age two. Even when a car is struck from behind, these car seats proved effective in minimizing accidents.

Family members and caregivers may be concerned about rear-facing children in an accident; however, car seats that face towards the back of the car can protect children even in rear-end crashes. A great deal of the crash energy in the test was absorbed through the car seat’s interaction with the vehicle seat. Meaning that there was reduced energy transferred to the child.

Children up to age two should travel in rear-facing car seats, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Previous research studies had already identified that rear-facing car seats protected kids inside and front impact collisions but no other studies had looked at rear-end collisions. Rear end collisions make up approximately one-quarter of vehicle accidents today and many parents are concerned about the impacts on their children if they are involved in a serious vehicle accident. Having a properly fitting car seat can go a long way towards ensuring that the child is safely restrained inside the vehicle and protected in the event of an unavoidable accident. If your child has already been hurt in a serious vehicle accident, you may need to file a personal injury claim to recover compensation.

No one should have to cope with the devastating consequences of a car accident, but if you were already hurt in one, quick action can help you. No parent should have to worry about their child’s future because of an accident caused by a reckless person. If you’re already dealing with these issues, you deserve support from an attorney. 

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