NONCRASH MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS. INJURIES TO CHILDREN IN THE VEHICLE INTERIOR

The importance of injuries caused by hitting against interior portions of the motor vehicle in noncrashes has not been established, to our knowledge. The forces involved in a noncrash event are different from those of the crash, and the kinematics of the child occupant likewise differ. In a crash, rapid deceleration to a stop occurs first; the occupant, however, continues to move in the same direction and at the same velocity as the vehicle was moving. A second collision occurs when the passenger strikes a surface in the interior of the vehicle. In the noncrash, deceleration forces may be less, and there is no first collision. Yet, in a noncrash, a variety of injuries might occur when the passenger hits against the vehicle interior. The following issues were considered: (1) types of vehicle and passenger maneuvers (sudden stops, turns, swerves, loss of balance) that resulted in injuries; (2) the attributes of children who were associated with these injuries; and (3) the severity of injuries.

  • Corporate Authors:

    American Medical Association

    535 North Dearborn Street
    Chicago, IL  United States  60610
  • Authors:
    • Agran, P F
    • Dunkle, D E
    • Winn, D
  • Publication Date: 1985-3

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00670194
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 20 1994 12:00AM