P7. 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. Refer to Appendix N for diagram of common vehicle types, to include ambulance seating/positioning.

Element Attributes:
Example

Seating Position Diagram

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

Rationale:

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