This report describes fatalities in cars struck in the rear from 1982 through 1986. It addresses the higher fatality rate of small cars in rear impacts. There appear to be two important aspects of this higher fatality rate for small cars struck in the rear. First, rear impact fatalities occur predominantly in multi-vehicle accidents. When a small car is struck in the rear, it is likely to be struck by a larger vehicle. The weight disadvantage of small cars in multi-vehicle accidents plays an important part in determining fatality outcome in rear impact collisions. Second, occupants of small cars in multi-vehicle accidents appear to be particularly vulnerable to fatality in rear impacts. The weight disadvantage of small cars appears to be less critical (though still very important) in rollover, frontal, and side damage collisions than in rear impacts.

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Center for Statistics and Analysis

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • PARTYKA, S C
  • Publication Date: 1987-12

Media Info

  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: 20 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00623514
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-041 214
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1992 12:00AM