Although there have been many reports on injuries to occupants of cars in road traffic accidents, there have been few prospective studies of injuries to pedestrians in such accidents. A 2-year prospective study of pedestrians in road traffic accidents in the Oxford region found that the incidence of death in pedestrians was significntly higher than in car occupants or motorcyclists. The principal determinant of death was the weight of the vehicle concerned. The most common site of injury was the head because of a high incidence of brief concussion, but the most common site of serious injuries was the leg. Injuries to all regions of the body increased with age and with the weight of the vehicle in the collision. Accidents most often concerned young children or the elderly.

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    British Medical Association

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  • Authors:
    • Atkins, R M
    • Turner, W H
    • Duthie, R B
    • Wilde, B R
  • Publication Date: 1988-12-3

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  • Pagination: p. 1431-34
  • Serial:
    • BMJ
    • Volume: 297
    • Issue Number: 6661
    • Publisher: British Medical Association
    • ISSN: 0959-8138
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  • Accession Number: 00491102
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 28 1990 12:00AM