This is the final report on 22 vehicular accidents. Goals of this program are: to determine accident causation; to evaluate automobile safety features; early detection of design and functional problems of the vehicle and the highway; to evaluate the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; and to evaluate the Highway Safety Program Standards. Each accident case was investigated by a multidisciplinary medical, engineering, law enforcement and psychology team. The human factor is the most important element in accident causation. The human factor of failure to use the available restraint systems is the single most important factor in increased injury severity. The steering column energy absorbing devices appear to work more reliably when the driver is restrained by a seat belt and rotates rather than moving forward and upward on initial impact./SRIS/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Tulane University

    School of Medicine, 6823 Street, Charles Avenue
    New Orleans, LA  United States  70118
  • Authors:
    • Wickstrom, J K
    • Mc Carthy, C B
  • Publication Date: 1973-4

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 137 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00131827
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT HS-800 848 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-084-1-113
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 4 1976 12:00AM