Evaluation of Occupant Response and Injury Metrics for Pole Crash Scenarios

Vehicle impacts with fixed roadside structures such as poles can result in severe injuries and represent a significant portion of road fatalities in North America. The Fatality Analysis Reporting System reported 1113 crashes involving poles in the United States in 2009, which resulted in 1759 fatalities. The current North American response metrics include Ride‐Down Acceleration (RA, average acceleration over 10ms) and Occupant Impact Velocity (OIV, approximate impact velocity between the occupant and vehicle interior), which infers occupant response from the vehicle kinematics. To improve the crash safety of pole structures, it is essential to understand occupant response and how it relates to the accepted response metrics.

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    • Abstract reprinted with permission of IRCOBI (International Research Council on the Biomechanics of Injury).
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    • Lockhart, Philip A
    • Cronin, Duane S
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  • Publication Date: 2012


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  • Accession Number: 01484699
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: IRC-12-23
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 22 2013 3:05PM