Saturday, August 03, 2013

Can Seatbelts On Trains Increase Safety During Accidents?

Everyone was horrified at the train accident in Spain last week, a tragedy that is yet to be investigated fully. The number of deaths may still rise considering the level of injuries. It was reported that passengers were throw out of their seats and such.

So it is baffling that most trains in Europe lack seatbelts. Or does anyone know if that exists in any part of the world? It would be interested to know.
In the event of accident, whether ghastly or not, wouldn't a seatbelt go a little, if not a long way, to reduce injuries; dont you think?
In cars and aeroplanes, seatbelts are encouraged. And for UK, seatbelts in cars are mandatory; to a large extent. But National Rail has just told me that "it is believed it - seatbelts - can cause more injuries than they can prevent." (see image to the right).

Ordinarily, with high impact, it'd be expected that seatbelt can stop passengers from being thrown across the carriage and in the event sustaining more injuries than if strapped onto a seat. Of course, you can argue that without a seatbelt, a passenger can also remove him/herself out quicker but that would be in a case where the passenger is not injured and/or is conscious enough to take such actions.

It therefore would be normal to assume that a passenger who is strapped on can avoid being thrown about due to impact and thus limit the amount of injury, and hopefully be able to remove self, including unstrapping the seatbelt so as to get away.
I may be wrong but it would be good to see a comprehensive research upholding otherwise.
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