The anatomical sites and severities of the injuries received by 932 motorcyclists, pedestrians and cyclists are described, using a sample consisting of all road accident casualties brought to one large accident hospital over a one year period in 1974/75. Almost a third of these unprotected road users were detained in hospital. Pedestrians were detained most frequently but motorcyclists were detained for longer. No bicyclist stayed in hospital for more than three months. The study shows that although there were differences in the distribution of injury for the three different road user groups, in all three the lower leg was the part of the body most commonly receiving severe injury. The nature and location of injuries classified AIS 3 and above are discussed with reference to their clinical importance in terms of duration of stay in hospital; and for injuries to the head, neck, chest or abdomen of AIS 4 or above in relation to threat to life. These are the types of injury it would seem most worthwhile to attempt to mitigate or to prevent. /TRRL/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Proceedings of the Meeting on Biomechanics of Injury.
  • Corporate Authors:

    IRCOBI (International Research Council on the Biokinetics of Impacts)

    109 Avenue Salvador Allende
    Bron CEDEX,   France  F-69675
  • Authors:
    • Grattan, E
    • Hobbs, J A
    • Keigan, M E
  • Publication Date: 1976-9

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 182-199
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00148060
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Institute for Road Safety Research, SWOV
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 2 1977 12:00AM