Crashworthiness ratings for 1982-92 model vehicles were developed from data on crashes in Victoria and New South Wales during 1987-92. Crashworthiness was measured by a combination of injury severity (of injured drivers) and injury risk (of drivers involved). Injury severity was based on 45,000 drivers injured in crashes in the two States. Injury risk was based on 220,000 drivers involved in crashes in New South Wales where a vehicle was towed away. The ratings were adjusted for the driver sex and age, the speed limit at the crash location, and the number of vehicles involved, factors which were found to be strongly related to injury risk and/or severity. They estimate the risk of a driver being killed or admitted to hospital when involved in a tow-away crash. The estimates and their associated confidence limits were sufficiently sensitive that they were able to identify 26 models of passenger cars, four-wheel drive vehicles, passenger vans and light commercial vehicles which have superior or inferior crashworthiness characteristics compared with the average vehicle. However the results are based on a number of assumptions and warrant a number of qualifications which should be noted. (a)

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    Monash University

    Accident Research Centre
    Building 70
    Clayton, Victoria  Australia  3800
  • Authors:
    • CAMERON, M H
    • FINCH, C F
    • Le, T
  • Publication Date: 1994-6


  • English

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  • Features: References;
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: 58

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  • Accession Number: 00717841
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 0-7326-0057-X
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 20 1996 12:00AM