Emergency-medicine scientists at the State University of New York in Buffalo analyzed nearly 35,000 car accidents. They found that middle backseat passengers were 16 percent more likely to survive than side backseat riders. One reason is that the middle seat has a larger "crush zone" around it. This area of the car collapses during a crash.
That crunching absorbs some of the car's energy of motion, or kinetic energy, and lessens the impact on the rider.
BUCKLE UP: Backseat passengers using seat belts were 2 to 3 times more likely to survive than were unbuckled ones.
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|Title Annotation:||motor vehicle accidents|
|Article Type:||Brief article|
|Date:||Oct 9, 2006|
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