Spinal-cord injuries sustained by residents of 18 selected counties of California were reviewed. Sixty-eight individuals were identified as having sustained spinal-cord injuries as pedestrians and details of their accidents and injuries are the subject of this report. The pedestrian is particularly vulnerable to serious or fatal injury when struck by a motor vehicle. The distribution of injuries was surprisingly even, with head, neck, trunk, and extremities all receiving about an equal share. Fatal injuries occurred predominantly in the neck. Severance of the spinal-cord at the base of the skull was the most frequent fatal injury in the cervical area, whereas patients with thoracic spinal-cord injuries quite frequently had ruptures of the heart and aorta. /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:
    • Riggins, R S
    • Kraus, J F
    • Franti, C E
    • Borhani, N O
  • Publication Date: 1976-9

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 225-232
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00148064
  • 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