Many people in New Hampshire and around the country have purchased large SUVs. These popular vehicles offer three rows of seats, giving extra room for large families or groups of friends. However, people may also be concerned about their safety when sitting in the third row, especially in the case of rear-end collisions. While some crash tests are focusing on the impact of collisions on rear-seat passengers, they tend to focus on the effects of a crash at the front of the vehicle.
Car seats can help protect children
Motor vehicle accidents can lead to long-term injuries and permanent disabilities, even when those who are injured are children. Kids are likely passengers in the third row of an SUV, and there are important guidelines to help protect children wherever they sit in a vehicle. Children should be seated in a car seat when appropriate for their age, and the seats should be correctly installed, with their harnesses in place. Correctly installed car seats can help to prevent injuries to younger children, even when other drivers are at fault for a collision.
Rear-end crashes can cause serious injuries
Adults, teens and older kids should make sure to buckle up and use head restraints appropriately, reaching the top of the ears to the top of the head, in order to obtain greater protection from injuries to the neck and head. Any type of collision can cause soft tissue damage, broken bones or even traumatic brain injuries in the case of a serious crash. A rear-end collision can have a particularly damaging effect on the backs and necks of people seated close to the back of a vehicle.
Rear-end collisions can also cause facial injuries, including broken noses, dental damage or jawbone injuries. While many rear collisions take place at low speeds, they can also occur at higher speeds or on the highway, with serious effects for those injured by negligent drivers.