MMUCC Training

P6: Seating Position

Definition:

The location for this occupant in, on, or outside of the motor vehicle prior to the first event in the Sequence of Events. See Example Diagram.

(From a State Police Instruction Manual): Note - More than one person may have the same seating position. Example, a child being held in the lap of another occupant or a person sitting in front of the driver of a motorcycle.

Element Attributes
Subfield 1 - Row:
  • Front
  • Second
  • Third
  • Fourth
  • Other Row (bus, 15 passenger van, etc.)
  • Unknown
Subfield 2 - Seat:
  • Left (usually the motor vehicle or motorcycle driver except for postal vehicles and some foreign vehicles)
  • Middle
  • Right
  • Other
  • Unknown
Subfield 3 - Other Location:
  • Not Applicable
  • Sleeper Section of Cab (Truck)
  • Other Enclosed Cargo Area
  • Unenclosed Cargo Area
  • Trailing Unit
  • Riding on Motor Vehicle Exterior (non-trailing unit)
  • Unknown

Other Seat (in any row) (from FARS Coding Manual) - persons lying across the seat or when there are two or more people seated in the middle.

Rationale:

Without known seating position of each person in the motor vehicle, it is not possible to fully evaluate, for example, the effect of occupant protection programs.