Small Overlap Front Crashes Aren’t Just a U.S. Issue, German Study Finds

This brief article reports on a study undertaken by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) to consider real-world occupant injury patterns as seen in crashes on roads in Germany. The author focuses on small overlap frontal impacts involving passenger cars. In the German study, researchers at the German Insurers Accident Research (UDV) analyzed insurance claims data from 3,242 crashes involving passenger cars in Germany during 2002-2009. They found that small overlap crashes accounted for about 25% of frontal crashes and 15% of all crashes. These findings are similar to a 2009 IIHS research study that found small overlap crashes account for nearly 25% of the frontal crashes involving serious or fatal injury to front seat occupants. The author also reviews some of the injuries that are common to small overlap crashes. Readers are referred to the full study (M. Kuhn et al) at


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  • Accession Number: 01523593
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  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 27 2014 6:19AM