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The “dead man’s place” is not what you thought

The results of the study conducted by the VIAS institute on the most dangerous place in a car during an accident were presented and they are surprising.

On Tuesday, January 30, 2024, during an interministerial conference on road safety, the VIAS institute presented the results of its recent studies. Among them, the focus was on the “dead man’s place”, which is the most dangerous spot in a car during an accident. The findings were astonishing.

The evolution of car safety

The VIAS institute was able to emphasize during its “All for Zero” conference, the results regarding the “dead man’s place” in a car, which is the most dangerous area during an accident. This is a fact that is often overlooked when getting into a car but is important to consider. For many years, the most dangerous spot with the highest probability of fatality was the passenger seat next to the driver. However, studies on the subject have been conducted for several years and are based on road accident statistics. But this was before new safety standards. Today, the passenger seat is much safer, thanks to the required seat belt and evolved airbag technology. This is why, according to VIAS, the “dead man’s place” is no longer what it was thought to be a few years ago.

Amazing results

According to the VIAS institute, the “dead man’s place” is now the driver himself. The study revealed that the driver has a 37% higher risk of death compared to the passenger seat. This figure rises to 47% when compared to the rear seats of the vehicle. Conversely, the safest seat in a car is now the one between the back seats of the car. This is a surprising finding, especially considering that in the past few years, it was considered the most dangerous spot. According to VIAS, the chances of survival increase by 25% when a person sits in that place, thanks to new safety standards in cars, particularly front and side airbags. VIAS also noted a 7% decrease in mortality on Belgian roads, with 506 deaths compared to 540 in 2022. Despite increased safety in the passenger compartment, it is important to remain cautious when using a car.

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