Rideshare vehicles have revolutionized the way many Californians make short trips. When one of these vehicles pulls up to your door, you may think it rude to sit anywhere other than the front passenger seat. While there may be nothing wrong with sitting next to the driver, the passenger seat does present some safety concerns.
In 2020 alone, there were more than 147,000 injury-causing car accidents in the Golden State. While you can trust the safety features of modern vehicles, your position inside a rideshare vehicle may make the difference between walking away from your ride and suffering a catastrophic injury.
The backseat offers protection from physical assaults
Many vehicles nowadays have more safety features in the front than in the rear. When you are in a rideshare vehicle, though, a collision is not your only concern.
After all, the vehicle’s driver is a stranger to you. If you are in the rear of the rideshare vehicle, you maintain a greater distance between yourself and the driver. This may minimize your chances of sustaining an injury in a physical assault.
Furthermore, when you are in the backseat of a rideshare vehicle, you can keep an eye on the driver and other passengers.
Do not forget to wear your seat belt
Pop culture would have you believe it is not necessary to wear a seat belt when sitting in a limousine, taxi cab or rideshare vehicle. Still, you should always put on your seat belt before the driver begins moving the vehicle. A lap and shoulder belt, of course, provides some of the more effective protection during an unexpected rideshare accident.
Ultimately, while where you sit may protect you from serious injuries, you should not be afraid to pursue financial compensation for any harm you suffer in a rideshare vehicle.