This report views briefly what is known about the biomechnics of pedestrian collisions. Some epidemiological considerations are mentioned and then pedestrian injuries and their origins are discussed. The influence that vehicle shape and resilience have on pedestrian injury is thought to be considerable and bumpers of cars are singled out as one particular feature which should be improved immediately. The relative influence of vehicle and road surface contacts are discussed and means of mitigating the latter are mentioned briefly. The high pedestrian involvement with taxis and public service vehicles is suggested as one area where vehicle design changes might be initiated. Recommendations for further research in the area of pedestrian injury mitigation are given, together with other aspects of vehicle design which have some effect on pedestrian accident involvement such as vehicle lighting and the introduction of non-lock braking.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • A report on the Road Accident Research Project to the Science Research Council, Vol. III
  • Corporate Authors:

    Science Research Council

    P.O. Box 18
    Swindon,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Mackay, G M
  • Publication Date: 1972-3

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 26 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00127411
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Report/Paper Numbers: No. 42
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 29 1976 12:00AM