So true. My Dad had a MAJOR accident at one of the worst intersections in town and was the only two blocks away from home. My Mom even heard the sirens.My son was actually in the front seat and will not ride there any longer. He is a good sized 9 year old and we were only going 8 blocks away, but a hard lesson learned for me to know where he should always be.
He was driving one of the older Nissan (pre-Frontier moniker) extended cab trucks and was heading home after dropping me off at my school across town for testing. He was making a left turn to go onto the road heading to our house when he was t-boned by some young punk (no insurance, left town afterwards) in an older Dodge Charger. Since the truck was lifted and 4WD the truck was knocked onto its left side with his arm out the window. He damaged his rotator cuff, got severe road rash on his left arm and broke many ribs along with a concussion. The truck was totaled.
Had I been in rear passenger extended cab seat I would've been killed or seriously paralyzed. If my Mom was in the front passenger seat she would've been even more injured. The whole passenger side was pushed in and you could obviously see bent frame damage. The only window not broken or shattered was the rear window, and the rescue team had to break it to pull my Dad out.
I feel thankful to drive a truck, and a SAFE one at that.