The detailed injury mechanisms for traffic accidents in urban areas are discussed. The data presented come from a representative sample of accidents examined in Birmingham, England, using on-the-spot techniques. Injury patterns for pedestrians, motorcyclists and front seat car occupants are summarized. The origins of the injuries in relation to road and vehicle impacts are discussed for pedestrians and motorcyclists. Car occupant injuries are related to various crash configurations and interior components, and comment is made on seat belt fitting and use. The paper illustrates the importance of a detailed knowledge of injury origins in real accidents before rational and economic crash protection is incorporated into new car designs. /Author/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the Conference on Road Safety Brussels, Belgium, Biomechanics of Accidents, Part I.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Birmingham University, England

    Department of Transportation and Environmental Planning
    Birmingham B15 2TT, Warwickshire,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Mackay, G M
  • Publication Date: 1968

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 25 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00098857
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 5 1975 12:00AM