INJURY PATTERNS OF OLDER CHILDREN IN AUTOMOTIVE ACCIDENTS

A study of injury patterns of older children (aged 6-12 years) indicates that they may deserve more attention from automotive safety researchers. Although older children represent 43.1% of child occupants involved in accidents taken from the National Accident Sampling System (NASS) database, they receive 55.4% of the injuries suffered by children. A lower restraint usage rate partly accounts for this disproportionate amount of injury. However, when restrained, fewer older children remain uninjured compared to younger children. The number of older children receiving injuries decreases with restraint use. When comparing injuries to restrained and unrestrained older children, the injuries are generally the same severities, but restraint lead to higher proportions of pelvis/abdomen injuries while reducing the occurrence of whole body injuries. For the covering abstract of the compendium see IRRD 880073.

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  • Accession Number: 00725306
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Institute for Road Safety Research, SWOV
  • ISBN: 1-56091-422-X
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Sep 26 1996 12:00AM