28 Percent of Americans are at Risk of Becoming Human Projectiles During Crash, Says IIHS

Do you always buckle up when you get into a car? In Bloomington, wearing a seatbelt is the law for both front and rear-seat occupants. However, according to a new IIHS survey, only 72 percent of Americans say they always buckle in the back seat.

One of the most frequently given reasons was the perception that the back seat is safer. That's where we install child seats, after all, and in the 1970's the rear center seat was indisputably the safest place to be in a vehicle.

The safety gap between front and rear seats has narrowed since you last wore bell-bottoms, and riding in the back is only safer if you are wearing a belt. A 2015 study by the IIHS and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia showed that unbuckled rear-seat passengers were eight times more likely to be severely injured, and a 2013 study by the University of Virginia showed that the driver was more than twice as likely to be killed in a crash with an unbuckled passenger behind them.

That's right—if you are unbuckled in a collision, your body turns into a deadly human projectile. That's (for an average American man) 195 pounds flying through the vehicle cabin at high speeds.

Even if you're not afraid for your own safety, don't let yourself be the cause of someone else's injury in a crash. Follow the law, and always wear your seat belt.

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