SNOWMOBILE ACCIDENTS. MECHANISMS AND CONSEQUENCES

SNOESKOTEROLYCKSFALL. MEKANISMER OCH KONSEKVENSER

The number of snowmobiles registered in Sweden is rapidly increasing. During the winter season 1978-1979, 50 individuals were treated at the regional hospital in Ummeaa for injuries sustained in snowmobile accidents. An analysis of these cases shows that the accident frequency was highest at weekends and on holidays in early spring. Half presented minor injuries and one third had moderately severe injuries. The lower extremities and the skull were the parts of the body at greatest risk. All the seriously and critically injured cases were under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. The drunken drivers took up 75 per cent of the time of hospital care for the whole group. Moreover there seems to be a need for preventive measures against alcohol consumption in connection with the use of snowmobiles. The wearing of helmets would probably reduce the injuries to the head and face. (TRRL)

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    Swedish Medical Association

    P.O. Box 5610
    Stockholm,   Sweden 

    Swedish Medical Association

    P.O. Box 5610
    Stockholm,   Sweden 
  • Authors:
    • BJOERNSTIG, U
    • Eriksson, A
  • Publication Date: 1980

Language

  • Swedish

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 1544-6
  • Serial:
    • Laekartidningen
    • Volume: 77
    • Issue Number: 16
    • Publisher: Svenska Laekarfoerbundet
    • ISSN: 0023-7205

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00324361
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 16 1981 12:00AM