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Does your safety in a car depend on where you sit?

| Mar 2, 2022 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

Most people believe that a car’s back seat offers the most significant protection in an accident. Although this is a valid assumption in some instances, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety provides a more complex picture of car rider safety.

Car passenger safety involves a combination of factors.


Young children receive maximum protection in head-on collisions when sitting in child safety seats in a car’s back seat. However, young riders can sustain severe injuries from forceful airbag activation during front-impact crashes.

On the other hand, adults in front seats benefit from ongoing airbag and seat belt technology improvements. Unfortunately, rear seats are comparatively riskier for adults because their protective features do not keep pace with front seat improvements.

Collision type

Although adults are safest riding in front seats and children are safest in rear seats in a head-on collision, the middle rear seat offers riders of all ages maximum protection in a side crash. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, center back seats specifically shield passengers from injuries when a vehicle’s sides crumple inward. However, there is insufficient evidence to determine the protections of third-row back seats in cars like SUVs.

Seat belts

Georgia mandates seat restraints only for adults sitting in front seats and children under age 17 sitting in rear seats. However, overwhelming evidence from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that seatbelts reduce the incidence of auto-related catastrophic injuries and fatalities in Georgia by at least half. These statistics include rear-end collisions involving unrestrained rear-seat passengers jettisoning through cars and colliding with others.

Multiple factors determine your safety in a car. Understanding the law and applying common sense will not eliminate your accident risk but may help you avoid traumatic injuries.