UTILITY OF PROPERTY DAMAGE ACCIDENT DATA IN VEHICLE INJURY SOURCE ANALYSES

This study examines the need for inclusion of property damage (PD) vehicle data in analyses designed to determine the influence of safety-oriented component design modifications on occupant injury potential. Vehicles included in the Tri-Level Accident Study files (Levels 1 and 2) were classified as either pre-standards (not equipped with the safety components) or post-standards (equipped with the safety components). Matched comparisons between these groups did not reveal an increase in the incidence of no occupant injury (indicates no increase in PF incidence) attributable to the safety modifications. In addition, examination of a sample of historical New York State accident data revealed little difference in PD accident reporting associated with vehicle component improvements. Previously obtained results (from injury producing accident data) relating thorax injury to the steering assembly were also examined to determine what characteristics noninjury data must have to support a hypothesis of injury reduction due to the use of an energy absorbing device. The implied characteristics were sufficiently extreme that the inclusion of noninjury data would have been very unlikely to modify the original finding of no benefit associated with the energy absorbing devices.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Calspan Corporation

    4455 Genesee Street
    Buffalo, NY  United States  14225
  • Authors:
    • Anderson, T E
    • PERCHONOK, K
  • Publication Date: 1974-10

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 59 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00098575
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-053-3-619
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 18 1975 12:00AM