NON FATAL INJURIES SUSTAINED BY SEATBELT WEARERS: A COMPARATIVE STUDY

The injuries sustained by 969 drivers and front-seat passengers in road-traffic accidents were studied. Altogether 196 (20.2%) of the drivers and passengers were wearing seat belts and 773 (79.8%) were not. The injuries among the two groups differed greatly in both severity and distribution. A total of 54 (27.6%) of the seatbelt wearers sustained one or more fractures compared with 300 (38.8%) of the non-wearers, and 18 (9.2%) of the seatbelt wearers were severely injured compared with 300 (38.8%) of the non-wearers. Soft-tissue injuries to the face were sustained by only 29 (14.8%) of the seatbelt wearers compared with 425 (55%) of the non-wearers. Since wearing seatbelts may become compulsory, the type and pattern of injuries to be expected in wearers should be appreciated.(a) /TRRL/

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    British Medical Association

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  • Authors:
    • Christian, M S
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  • Serial:
    • BMJ
    • Volume: 2 N
    • Issue Number: 6047
    • Publisher: British Medical Association
    • ISSN: 0959-8138
    • Serial URL: http://www.bmj.com/

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00149061
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 22 1977 12:00AM