PEDESTRIAN IMPACT CASE STUDY

A pedestrian received extremely serious injuries when impacted by an automobile traveling in excess of 40 miles per hour. Her survival is due to prompt emergency treatment initiated at Stanford University Hospital within 10 minutes of her injury. Her dynamics were modeled in an analysis concerned with her vault through the air and slide to rest on road surface. Long and short term efforts to implement her recovery and identify her specific injuries are thoroughly documented from both medical and orthopedic studies. The work discussed in this paper was supported by the U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT). A nationwide traffic safety program is directed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) within DOT. This administration is responsible for the direction of 16 multidisciplinary teams around the country that are performing various levels of research in the vehicular accident field. A multidisciplinary crash investigation team will include specialists trained in crash related fields who provide their expertise to the team analysis of each case. One of those teams is located at Stanford University and is called the Stanford Crash Analysis Team (SCAT). Visits are made by team members to the scenes of selected crashes in a roughly circular area of the central San Francisco peninsula with the Stanford University as its center. 30 to 40 of these accidents are used each year for in-depth analysis by the team.

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  • Pagination: p. 151-167

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00080732
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 26 1975 12:00AM