DRIVER INJURY IN AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENTS INVOLVING CERTAIN CAR MODELS: AN UPDATE

This is a study of driver injury sustained in crashes of passenger cars of known make and model and is an update of an earlier 1970 study by B. J. Campbell. North Carolina driver injury in distinct make-model groups is compared to a standard reference group of 0.5 million crash-involved passenger car drivers, during 1966 and 1968-72. The crash conditions are controlled for accident type, area of car struck and estimated speed prior to impact. An injury index is used to compare each make-model group with the reference group. A reference group consists of driver injuries distributed over the 140 crash situations. From the statistical compilation of car crash reports, there is evidence of differences among various make-model groups in the frequrency and severity of resulting driver injuries. For some individual cars the relative frequency of driver injuries is higher or twice than the comparable value for the aggregate of all cars, while some are lower than the average value. The lighter, smaller cars fare worse than their heavier counterparts. The question of relative accident involvement by make and model must be explored to supplement the results of this study of injury consequences given that an accident has occurred. /MW/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Research sponsored by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Washington, D.C.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    Highway Safety Research Center
    Chapel Hill, NC  USA  27599
  • Authors:
    • Campbell, B J
  • Publication Date: 1974-8

Media Info

  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: 104 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00098942
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 18 1975 12:00AM