For decades, the back seat was considered to be the safest. If you were involved in an auto accident, that is where you had the lowest odds of suffering from a severe — or fatal — injury.
For children, this is still true. Children should always ride in the back, in part because of the danger of the airbag. However, for the average person, things have shifted so that the front seat is often safer.
Why did this happen?
You may think that automakers have made a mistake in allowing safety to decline in the back seat, but that’s not really what happened. It’s just as safe as it always was.
The difference is that technology is focused on keeping people safe has also focused on the front seat. Those seats have gotten so much better that they have caught up and passed the back.
The reason for this focus is that many people do not even have passengers most of the time that they drive. Many people who commute to work, for instance, spend 90% of their time driving alone. This means that the driver’s seat clearly needs to be the safest one in the car, and it is the only one that is guaranteed to have a person in it during an accident.
You can still get injured anywhere
While this is good news for drivers and others who ride in the front passenger seat, no safety system is perfect. You can get injured anywhere in the car. If someone else caused that wreck, you need to know how to seek compensation.