During the period 1994 through 1996, an estimated 11.4 million vehicles each year were involved in police-reported traffic crashes. Approximately 93% of these were automobiles, pickup trucks, vans, and sport/utility vehicles, collectively referred to as passenger vehicles. Pickup trucks, vans, and utility vehicles are collectively referred to as light trucks. Most of these vehicles were not seriously damaged: only 26% of them were towed from the crash scene due to damage sustained in the crash. Approximately 47,000 passenger vehicles were involved in fatal crashes each year. This report focuses attention on occupants of those passenger vehicles that were towed from the crash scene. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's National Automotive Sampling System (NASS)/Crashworthiness Data System (CDS) collects detailed information on towed passenger vehicle crashes, employing trained, professional crash investigation teams. The in-depth data collection, scientific protocols, and professionalism of those involved make the NASS/CDS database a valuable resource to many in the traffic safety community. NASS data are used by government, industry, and the private sector to conduct research, identify injury patterns and mechanisms, provide a basis for regulatory decision making, and provide a means of evaluating the association between occupant injury and various crash-related characteristics. This report is presented in the following sections: Executive Summary; (1) Introduction; (2) Perspective; (3) Vehicle Crash Data; (4) Occupant Injury Data; and Appendixes.


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  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 134 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00780287
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-808 985
  • Files: HSL, NTL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 17 1999 12:00AM