Have you ever hopped in a car, bus, boat, or plane and wondered, “Where will I be safest?” Believe it or not, where you sit in a motorized vehicle can actually make a fairly big difference. Beyond wearing your seatbelt and knowing where the nearest exit or floatation device is located, sitting in certain areas of transportation vehicles can indeed impact your level of safety in the event of an accident.
Data across the world has revealed the safest seats in several different types of vehicles. While we hope you don’t have to find out the hard way, we recommend reading below to learn the safest seats to choose while traveling.
When traveling by car, the middle rear seat is the safest spot, especially for children. This is because the rear middle seat is the furthest distance from a potential collision on either side of a vehicle. This seat also offers a level of insulation if passengers are sitting on either side of you.
Many trains can have a forever-long list of possible seats to choose from. Choosing a seat in one of the center-most cars will keep passengers safest, because if anything happens you will be as far as possible from the more common points of impact (front or end of train). If possible, choose a rear-facing seat as well, so that if there is an accident, you are forced back into your seat rather than forward.
If you want a safer seat on the bus, head towards the middle and sit by the aisle as opposed to the window. Again, this location keeps you as far as possible from front or rear collisions.
Despite the anxiety that can come with flying, air travel is actually one of the safest ways to travel in the U.S. Where is the safest spot in the very unlikely event of a crash? Researchers claim passengers sitting in the back tail of the plane have a 40% greater chance of surviving than those in the front.
Most seats on a boat are equally safe. If you suffer from seasickness or if the ocean is rough while you are traveling, the safest spot is going to be on the lower deck. This not only helps lessen the rolling sensation that might make you sick, but in the event of an accident, your risk of being hit by loose objects is decreased. If you do need to take shelter, go to the hallway of the boat down below.
While we certainly don’t mean to frighten you with the potential dangers of accidents, it is always good to know how to further ensure your safety while traveling. Unfortunately, many accidents and our location during them are 100% out of our control. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, we want to help. Contact the personal injury attorneys at Liggett Law Group today for a free case evaluation.